Do crested geckos like bananas?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

Crested geckos, also known as New Caledonian geckos, are omnivorous reptiles that have a varied diet in the wild. While they primarily consume insects and nectar from flowers, they may also eat fruits on occasion. Bananas, being a soft and sweet fruit, can be offered to crested geckos as a treat.

From personal experience, I have found that some crested geckos do enjoy eating bananas, while others may show little interest. Each individual gecko may have its own preferences when it comes to food, so it’s important to observe their reactions and adjust their diet accordingly.

However, it is crucial to note that bananas should not be a staple food for crested geckos. Their diet should primarily consist of live insects such as crickets, roaches, and fruit flies, as well as specialized crested gecko diets that are commercially available. These diets are formulated to provide the necessary nutrients and balance for their overall health.

Bananas, like many fruits, are high in sugar content. While a small amount of fruit can be beneficial as a treat or to entice a picky eater, excessive consumption can lead to health issues such as obesity and metabolic bone disease (MBD). MBD is a condition caused by an imbalance of calcium and phosphorus in the diet, which can result in weakened bones and other health problems.

To ensure a balanced diet for your crested gecko, it is important to offer a variety of food items. This can include a combination of live insects, commercial crested gecko diets, and occasional treats like bananas. It is also important to provide a calcium supplement, such as powdered calcium with vitamin D3, to help prevent MBD and promote proper bone health.

When offering bananas to your crested gecko, it is best to mash or puree them to make them easier to eat and digest. Remove any uneaten fruit after a few hours to prevent spoilage and potential bacterial growth.

While crested geckos may enjoy bananas as an occasional treat, they should not be relied upon as a primary food source. A balanced diet consisting of live insects, specialized gecko diets, and appropriate supplementation is essential for their overall health and well-being.