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Can Crested Geckos Eat Lychee Or Not?

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by The Pet Engineers

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Crested geckos are frugivorous as well as insectivorous. That means that the natural diet of a crested gecko consists of fruits, nuts, seeds, and leaves, along with insects.

And every crested gecko also has a unique personality. So, chances are that your pet crested gecko may be more inclined towards either fruits or insects depending on its unique preferences.

If your pet crested gecko is a lover of fruits, then you should consider adding a new treat to its diet -lychee. Crested geckos can eat small amounts of lychee occasionally.

So, don’t overdo it with the lychee – but don’t completely abstain from it either!

Can Crested Geckos Eat Lychee?

Yes, crested geckos can eat regulated amounts of lychee on occasion. You should not give too much lychee to your pet crested gecko – but you don’t need to completely abstain from it either.

In the wild, it is almost impossible that a crested gecko comes across the lychee fruit. These fruits are a staple of China and don’t grow in the rainforests of New Caledonia, which happen to be the natural home of crested geckos.

So, unless a bunch of campers accidentally left behind a couple of lychees in their campsite in the rainforest, it is unlikely that a crested gecko in the wild ever comes across one.

However, despite being a foreign addition to the diet of a crested gecko in captivity, lychees could prove to be beneficial.

Your pet crested gecko may not have known of lychees naturally, but it is very likely that your pet develops a liking for this new juicy fruit.

Should You Feed Lychee To Crested Geckos?

You can feed lychee to your pet crested gecko as an occasional treat.

The lychee fruit has very soft and juicy flesh that your pet crested gecko will be able to digest easily. Lychee is also much sweeter than most fruits.

And crested geckos actually prefer their fruits to be overripe and sweet. So, your crested gecko may enjoy the sweet taste of lychee as well.

However, ensure that you don’t overdo it with lychee even if it becomes the favorite fruit of your pet crested gecko.

Lychee has small amounts of important macro and micronutrients, but it is high in potassium – which can make your crested gecko susceptible to calcium deficiency if given in excess.

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Lychee should be an occasional treat

Lychee is anyway a seasonal fruit. Good quality lychee won’t be available all year long. So, when it is lychee season, you can let your pet crested gecko indulge in the pleasure of lychees.

Just control the amount of lychee you feed to your pet crested gecko – and it should be fine.

How To Feed Lychee To Crested Geckos

Lychee fruit has very soft and juicy flesh but a very hard coating. So, first things first, you need to peel and dispose of the skin of lychee.

Then you should scrape the flesh off the fruit. You can either directly feed the flesh of lychee to your pet crested gecko using your hand or a small spoon, or you can mash it with other fruits and make a paste.

Since lychee is anyway an occasional treat for your pet, it is recommended that you feed your crested gecko lychee directly from your hands.

This will provide you with an opportunity to bond with your pet crested gecko – and you can even make your crested gecko feel comfortable being held by you when being fed.

This will be a win-win situation for you, as you get to interact and bond with your pet, and for your crested gecko, as it gets to enjoy a sweet and seasonal treat.

How Many Times Can You Feed Lychee To Crested Geckos?

You should not feed lychee to your crested gecko very frequently. Lychee is rich in potassium and not exactly a good source of other important nutrients.

It is only a sweet and juicy treat to add enrichment to your pet crested gecko’s diet – a monotonous diet can lead to boredom in crested geckos.

So, you should treat lychee as an occasional treat and enrichment food. Give it once in a while, maybe with every third meal.

You should also exercise portion control when feeding lychee to your pet crested gecko. Give no more than half or one lychee at a time.

Nutritional Content Of Lychee

The following table shows the nutritional content of 100g of lychee:

NUTRIENTQUANTITY
Calories66 kcal
Protein0.83 g
Fat0.44 g
Fiber1.3 g
Carbohydrates16.5 g
Potassium171 mg
Phosphorus31 mg
Calcium 5 mg
Iron0.31 mg
Vitamin C71.5 mg
Nutritional Content of Lychee

The key takeaways from the nutritional analysis of lychee are as follows:

  • Lychee is a poor source of important macronutrients like protein and fiber.
  • Lychee has a greater percentage of carbs forming its total calories. So, excess lychee can put your pet crested gecko at risk of obesity and related health problems.
  • Lychee has a very poor ratio of calcium to phosphorus. The recommended ratio is 2:1 and lychee has a ratio of only 0.16:1.
  • Lychee is high in potassium. Excess potassium will cause reduced absorption of calcium in your crested gecko’s body. This can lead to a deficiency of calcium and indirectly make your crested gecko more susceptible to the metabolic bone disorder.

All in all, lychee is not unsafe or toxic for your crested gecko, but it is also nutritionally pretty empty. It, however, has a juicy and sweet flesh that your crested gecko may enjoy.

So, you can use lychee as an enrichment food or a treat that you give to your crested gecko on occasion to give variety and prevent your pet from getting bored with its regular diet. Exercising portion control and frequency control is key here.

Calcium Phosphorous Ratio In Lychee

Lychee has a very poor ratio of calcium – a staggeringly low value of 0.16:1!

Lychee is not the most nutritionally dense food item to give to your pet crested gecko. In fact, nutritionally speaking, it is of little to no value.

So, only treat it as an occasional enrichment food for your pet in small portions.

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Crested geckos should eat lychee occasionally

Oxalic Acid Content Level In Lychee

Lychee is low in oxalic acid. That’s a good thing because oxalates and oxalic acid reduce the absorption of calcium in crested geckos.

Giving foods that are high in oxalic acid and oxalates can lead to a deficiency of calcium in crested geckos and indirectly make them more prone to developing the metabolic bone disorder.

Lychee, however, has a lower level of oxalic acids. It is still rich in potassium, which has a similar effect.

So, either way, too much lychee can lead to calcium deficiency.

Giving controlled and small amounts of lychee to your pet crested gecko on occasion will prevent calcium deficiency due to potassium in lychee.

Summary

Crested geckos are insectivorous and frugivorous. A lot of crested geckos tend to prefer one over the other – that is, some crested geckos prefer insects while others prefer fruits more. And crested geckos love having overripe and sweet fruits.

Lychee is a juicy, soft, and sweet fruit that your pet crested gecko may enjoy – especially if it prefers more fruits in its diet.

Lychee, however, is practically nutritionally empty. It has poor levels of important macro and micronutrients like protein, fat, fiber, iron, calcium, and phosphorus.

In fact, it has a very poor ratio of calcium to phosphorus at 0.16:1. Moreover, it is high in carbs and potassium.

So, while lychee is not toxic or unsafe for your crested gecko, too much of it can lead to obesity or calcium deficiency. Portion and frequency control when giving lychee to your crested gecko is key!

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