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Can Crested Geckos Eat Plums or Not?

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A crested gecko’s main diet consists of insects, larvae, and fruits. However, that doesn’t mean crested geckos can eat all insects, larvae, and fruits.

Some insects are harmful when ingested by geckos and some fruits can cause death when eaten.

Plums are one of the juiciest fruits in the world. It has a single seed that’s covered in juicy nutritious flesh.

But, should you feed plums to your gecko? To be specific, can crested geckos eat plums in the first place? Here’s everything you need to know about feeding plums to your crested gecko.

Can Crested Geckos Eat Plums?

Yes, crested geckos can eat plums. It’s an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

Should You Feed Crested Geckos Plums?           

crested geckos can eat plums
Crested geckos can eat plums

Yes, you should feed crested geckos plums. It’s juicy making it delicious to your crested gecko and hydrates them.

Furthermore, it doesn’t contain harmful toxins and chemicals that could cause illness and death.

Can Baby and Juvenile Crested Geckos Eat Plums?

Yes, baby and juvenile crested geckos can eat a plum. The fruit doesn’t contain dangerous chemicals that can induce illness or cause death when eaten by crested geckos.

It’s a safe fruit that can be fed to young geckos.

How To Feed Your Crested Gecko Plum

There are two ways you can feed plum to your crested gecko.

Slicing off the fleshy part leaving the seed and feeding it to your gecko or blending the sliced-off part into a paste or puree. Let’s get into both methods.

Slice into small pieces

  1. Slice off the fleshy part of the plum and get rid of the seed.
  2. Slice the fleshy part into small pieces.
  3. Serve it to your crested gecko.

Blend to a paste or puree

  1. Slice off the fleshy part and get rid of the seed.
  2. Put the fleshy part into a blender. You can blend the fleshy alone or with other meals such as insects, fruits, or vegetables.
  3. Serve the paste to your crested gecko.

This feeding method is the best for baby and juvenile crested geckos. Blending the plums with other foods increases the nutritional value of the meal.

How Many Times Should Plums Be Fed To It?

Plums should be fed twice or thrice a week. We recommend serving plums with other foods and not alone.

How Many Plums Can You Feed It?

Two to three plums can be eaten by adult crested geckos. A single plum is enough for baby and juvenile crested geckos.

How Calcium To Phosphorous Ratio Affects Your Crestie

Crested geckos should eat a diet that has a Ca:P ratio of 2:1, 1:1, or 1:0.5. The ratio you decide to feed your gecko can affect their growth, metabolism, and health.

If the gecko consumes calcium above what it needs, it is excreted in its urine.

If they consume too much phosphorus, they store it in their bones and teeth, which can lead to problems like kidney stones and metabolic bone disease.

What Is The Ratio Of Calcium To Phosphorus In Plums?

The ratio of calcium to phosphorus in plums is 1:2.7 which indicates that there is 2.7 times the amount of phosphorus as calcium in the plums.

Nutritional Value Of Plums

nutritional value of plums
Nutritional value of plums

How To Calculate Ca:P Ratio

You can figure this out by calculating the Ca:P ratio using the formula given below.

According to the nutritional content, the Ca:P ratio is 9.9mg:26.4mg. Dividing through by 26.4mg (calcium). The ratio becomes 1:2.7.

How Does Oxalic Acid Affect Your Pet?

Oxalic acid is not a nutrient or essential dietary component and it is not required for normal growth or health.

When oxalic acid is consumed, it binds to the calcium and magnesium in the body and prevents them from being absorbed.

Juicy plums are great food for crested geckos
Juicy plums are great food for crested geckos

This can lead to calcium deficiency which can be harmful to your pet. Crested geckos are strict insectivores and may not benefit from the oxalic acid in the food and may not be able to digest it.

Some people recommend soaking and rinsing the fruits to get rid of the oxalic acid. However, this is not proven to be effective.

What are the Oxalic Acid Levels In Plums?

Plums have low oxalic acid levels. This makes it safe to be eaten by geckos as many times as often without any adverse effects.

However, the unfavorable calcium to phosphorous ratio requires you to make a plum mix (fruits, insects, and vegetables) to balance things out.

Summary

Plums are juicy fruits that are rich in vitamins, minerals fiber and antioxidants.

Adding plums to your crested gecko’s diet will not only strengthen its immune system but will also hydrate and prevent illnesses.

That’s it on whether crested geckos can eat plums or not.

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