Crested Geckos, Diet and Food, Geckos

Can Crested Geckos Eat Centipede Or Not?

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by The Pet Engineers

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Crested geckos are insectivorous, which means that insects form a part of the natural diet of crested geckos.

As a crested gecko pet owner, it is natural for you to wonder if crested geckos can eat any insect, including centipedes.

Centipedes are not a conventional choice for pet crested geckos. A lot of pet owners prefer feeding insects such as crickets, dubia roaches, mealworms, silkworms, etc.

However, if your crested gecko likes eating centipedes, or if you want to try giving centipedes to your pet crested gecko, you should be careful about how you feed it.

Can Crested Geckos Eat Centipedes?

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Crested geckos can eat centipedes

Yes, crested geckos can eat centipedes. But centipedes aren’t a staple for crested geckos even in the wild.

In the wild, when times get desperate, a crested gecko will eat whatever it can find and hunt. This will also include centipedes.

In captivity, however, centipedes need to be carefully fed to the pet crested gecko. Centipedes are biters.

And they are venomous. So, giving a live centipede to a pet crested gecko will be a bad idea, unless you are very confident that your pet crested gecko is a very quick and agile hunter.

Is It Safe for Crested Geckos to Eat Centipedes?

Yes, it is safe for crested geckos to eat centipedes as long as these insects are not given as live food to the pet crested gecko.

When you give a centipede to your pet crested gecko, you need to ensure that you feed a pre-killed centipede only.

Centipedes are venomous biters. So, if you give centipedes to your pet crested gecko as live food, you will risk your pet getting bitten by the centipede.

This can cause toxic shocks, infections, and consequently, several health issues in your pet crested gecko. Always ensure that the centipede is pre-killed so that your pet crested gecko cannot get bitten.

Pre-killed and frozen centipedes can be fed to your pet crested gecko either as is, or mashed into a paste or powder. That depends on the preference of your pet crested gecko.

Keep live giant centipedes away from crested geckos. Giant centipedes have a strong and potent venom and have been known to feast over animals bigger than their sizes, such as frogs, small snakes, and even geckos!

You should never let a giant centipede into the enclosure of your pet crested gecko.

Unlike the smaller centipedes that usually bite in self-defense, a giant centipede is much more venomous and will bite not just to defend itself, but also to attack another animal.

So, a giant centipede will attack your crested gecko even if your crested gecko does not attack it first.

Moreover, even a dead giant centipede will have a lot of toxins in its body. So, it is better to not feed pre-killed giant centipedes to your pet crested gecko.

When you purchase frozen or pre-killed centipedes, you must ensure that these centipedes were not very venomous.

And because you cannot determine manually whether the centipede you just killed has toxins or not, you should never feed centipedes that have been caught in the wild and killed.

Should Baby and Juvenile Crested Geckos Eat Centipedes?

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Avoid giving centipedes to crested geckos

Avoid giving centipedes to baby and juvenile crested geckos. The best meal for pet crested geckos, when they are still babies or juveniles, is the crested gecko diet powder.

The commercially available meal replacement powders have a proper balance of all the nutrients that a baby or juvenile crested gecko needs when it is in its growing phase.

A centipede, however, does not have a lot of those important nutrients in the required quantities. In fact, a centipede forms a low-fat diet with a lot of carbs.

So, too many centipedes being fed to a baby or a juvenile crested gecko can potentially lead to obesity, as centipedes are pretty much empty calories.

Nutritional Value of Centipedes

The nutritional value of a centipede is very poor in terms of the important nutrients required by a crested gecko.

A crested gecko requires a healthy amount of protein, fats, and calcium from its diet. A centipede, on the other hand, has high protein and carbs, but close to no fats or calcium.

So, if you are looking for a high-protein snack for your pet crested gecko, a pre-killed or frozen centipede could be a good choice.

Don’t feed centipedes to your crested gecko very frequently, though. Because centipedes are also high in carbs.

So, an excess of centipedes can lead to your pet crested gecko becoming obese and suffering from obesity-related health issues.

A gut-loaded centipede that has been dusted or coated with calcium powder and other supplements will have a greater nutritional value than a plain pre-killed centipede.

You can also increase the nutritional potency of the snack by mashing together some other insects like crickets, and some fruits and vegetables as well.

This will ensure that your crested gecko does not just consume empty calories.

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Meal replacement powders are great alternatives to centipedes

How To Feed Centipedes to Crested Geckos (Caught and Wild)

You should never feed centipedes that have been caught in the wild to your crested gecko. Centipedes are also insectivorous.

In fact, some species of centipedes are carnivorous – that means they not only eat insects, but also other animals.

So, the centipede that you just caught in the wild could have feasted on some other insect or animal that has toxins or compositions that are potentially harmful to your pet crested gecko.

You have no way of ensuring whether the centipede you just caught has a safe threshold of toxins, or if it is very toxic for your crested gecko.

Moreover, other than the toxins, there is also an obvious looming risk of infections. You don’t know where the centipede was slithering before you caught and killed it.

It could have been slithering around in some region that has a high population of harmful bacteria or viruses or other parasites.

Basically, you cannot determine how contaminated the centipede is on a microscopic level. So, feeding a centipede that was caught and killed in the wild to your pet crested gecko can lead to infections and parasitic infestations in your pet.

So, with a risk of a high level of toxins, infections from harmful bacteria or viruses, and parasitic infestations, a centipede in the wild is not a great choice for a snack for your pet crested gecko.

Instead, you should purchase pre-killed and frozen centipedes from reputed sellers and then feed those to your pet crested gecko.

How Big Should The Centipedes Be When Fed To Crested Geckos?

If you want to feed centipedes to your pet crested gecko as whole insects and not mashed or powdered snacks, then you should ensure that the height of the insect should be less than the width between the eyes of the crested gecko.

A longer or bigger centipede will not be digestible. It will get stuck and can lead to impaction or suffocation.

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Centipedes can cause impaction when fed to crested geckos

Summary

Centipedes are an interesting species of insects. There are some centipedes that are smaller in size and get predated upon, and there are some giant centipedes that are huge, and very venomous, and predate upon animals larger than their size.

That’s why, when looking for a centipede to feed your pet crested gecko, you need to be careful and alert.

Never let a giant centipede, or any centipede for that matter, in the enclosure of your pet crested gecko unless the centipede is pre-killed.

Centipedes are venomous biters. So, if you give a live centipede to your pet crested gecko, then unless your pet is an extremely swift hunter, it will get bit first. And that can lead to infections and toxic shocks.

Moreover, never feed centipedes that have been caught and killed in the wild to your pet crested gecko either.

These insects can contain harmful bacteria, parasites, and even a higher level of toxins!

Centipedes as a snack have very little nutritional value for your pet crested gecko. They are high in protein but have only trace amounts of other important nutrients.

So, they are best fed to your pet once in a while as an occasional treat.

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