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Can Crested Geckos Eat Vegetables or Not 2022?

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Are you looking to add more variety to your crested geckos’ diet? Vegetables are an excellent addition to the diet of geckos because they serve as a source of necessary vitamins and minerals.

Despite this, most owners tend to shy away from feeding vegetables to their crested gecko. Because of a few reasons: the right vegetable to be fed and quantity.

Here’s everything you need to know about crested geckos eating vegetables.

Can Crested Geckos Eat Vegetables?

Yes, crested geckos can eat vegetables such as lettuce, kale, turnips, and spinach. Here’s how to prepare a vegetable diet for your crested gecko. And which vegetables are not suitable for your crested gecko.

What Vegetables Can Crested Geckos Eat?

Vegetables that can be eaten by crested geckos are:

  • Lettuce
  • Turnips
  • Spinach
  • Celery 
  • Mustard greens

These vegetables are safe to eat by your crested gecko and contain all the necessary vitamins and minerals.

How To Determine If a Vegetable Safe For Crested Geckos?

To determine if a vegetable is safe to be eaten by your crested gecko it needs to have a calcium to phosphorus ratio (Ca:P) of 2:1, 1:1, or 1:05.

To determine the calcium: phosphorus ratio divides the amount of calcium and phosphorus present in the vegetable by the calcium amount. The result is the Ca:P ratio. 

nutritional value of lettuce
Nutritional value of lettuce

Lettuce has 1.7mg calcium and 1.4mg phosphorus. Calculating the Ca:P ratio will give 1:0.82. This is close to the recommended 1:1 ratio.

This makes lettuce safe to be eaten by your crested gecko. Ca:P ratio is important because it 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.

vegetables
Vegetables

What Vegetables Have Good Ca:P Ratio?

Vegetables that have a good Ca:P ratio are:

  • Dandelion
  • Watercress
  • Cabbage
  • Turnip
  • Beet greens

What Vegetables Have Bad Ca:P Ratio?

Vegetables that have a bad Ca:P ratio are:

  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Tomato
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Asparagus

Can You Feed Crested Geckos Eat Salad?

No, you can’t feed crested geckos salad because of salad dressing, size of leaves and the possibility to include vegetables with a bad Ca:P ratio.

It’s best to feed your crested gecko one type of vegetable instead of mixing things up. If you decide to mix things up either blend or cut the vegetables into small pieces.

Salad

How To Feed Vegetables To Crested Gecko

To feed vegetables to your crested gecko. Follow these steps:

  1. Wash the vegetables 
  2. Cut the vegetables into small pieces or use a blender to make the vegetable puree-able. You can add fruits to it. 
  3. Place the sliced or puree vegetables into your crestie’s bowl 

How Many Vegetables Can a Crested Gecko Eat?

A crested gecko can eat less than a single vegetable regardless of its age and size. Vegetables have to be cut down into small pieces before being fed to your crestie.

How Often Should I Feed Vegetables To My Crested Gecko

Vegetables with good Ca:P should be fed 1-2 times a week as a staple diet to your crested gecko. Vegetables with bad Ca:P should be fed as a treat if it has a good amount of other vitamins or nutrients.

If it doesn’t then it shouldn’t be fed at all. To further break it down:

  • Baby crested geckos shouldn’t be fed vegetables.
  • Adult and juvenile crested geckos can eat vegetables 1-2 times a week.

What Vegetables Should You Avoid Feeding To Your Crested Gecko?

Vegetables that you should avoid feeding your crested gecko are:

  • Cauliflower
  • Beets
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Wild Lettuce 
Broccoli shouldn't be fed to your crestie
Broccoli can be fed to your crestie

First, Cauliflower and broccoli have high amounts of oxalic acid that prevents calcium and magnesium from being absorbed.

Secondly, beets have a bad Ca:P ratio which can pose a health problem. Finally, wild and iceberg lettuce have little to no nutritional value.

FAQ:

Should Crested Geckos Eat Spinach?

Yes, crested geckos can eat spinach.

Can Crested Geckos Eat Kale?

Yes, crested geckos can eat kale.

Can Crested Geckos Eat Celery?

Yes, crested geckos can eat celery. Because they have a good Ca:P ratio.

Can Crested Geckos Eat Broccoli?

Yes, crested geckos can eat broccoli.

Summary

Crested geckos can be fed a variety of vegetables, but only those that are not toxic to them.

Choose vegetables that have a high Ca:P ratio and low levels of oxalic acid.

And don’t forget to prepare the vegetables properly by washing and slicing them up first. 

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