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Old 09-05-2011, 11:19 AM
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Question kale for leopard gecko

for my leopard gecko i gutload my crickets with fluckers high cal cricket diet along with some oranges/carrots ocasionally and iv just gotten some kale and was wondering if it would be fine and good for him to feed it to my crickes?
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Kale is a bad gutload

I belive it stops the crickets from absorbing calcium reducing their nutrtional content for your leopard gecko
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darn, okay thank yoou!
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Kale is GREAT for gutloading!!!
Its spinach that stops the absortion of calcium.
USE IT!!!
Your gecko will thank you!
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:15 PM
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Kale is GREAT for gutloading!!!
Its spinach that stops the absortion of calcium.
USE IT!!!
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wow. thats really rude. no would have been fine dont you think?
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You can gutload crickets, superworms, etc. with dandelion greens, collards, kale, endive, escarole, carrots, squash, sweet red pepper, sweet potato, zucchini, etc. The wider the variety the better....but everything in moderation!
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:08 PM
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wow. thats really rude. no would have been fine dont you think?

I don't think it was rude it was accurate information delivered with enthusiasm.

Kale is my number one go to green along with collard as they seem to hold up the longest before drying out or rotting. Mustard greens come in third.

I also believe that a little spinach is no problem at all. We eat it and it works the same way with us. If all we ate was spinach we would have problems. Also the animal is getting only a small amount from the feeder insect so I doubt even a lot of spinach fed to feeders would be a problem. All kinds of veggies should be used anyway so a little spinach mixed in would not be an issue.

I would love for someone to show me a case where spinach caused MBD where everything else was perfect.

It is an gecko not a tortoise or an iguana that mainly eats greens themselves.
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I don't think it was rude it was accurate information delivered with enthusiasm.

Kale is my number one go to green along with collard as they seem to hold up the longest before drying out or rotting. Mustard greens come in third.

I also believe that a little spinach is no problem at all. We eat it and it works the same way with us. If all we ate was spinach we would have problems. Also the animal is getting only a small amount from the feeder insect so I doubt even a lot of spinach fed to feeders would be a problem. All kinds of veggies should be used anyway so a little spinach mixed in would not be an issue.

I would love for someone to show me a case where spinach caused MBD where everything else was perfect.

It is an gecko not a tortoise or an iguana that mainly eats greens themselves.


oh my. your right. im so sorry i read that compleatly wrong. i thought it stated that its wasnt ok so use it. . thankyou for cetching that and correcting me.
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oh my. your right. im so sorry i read that compleatly wrong. i thought it stated that its wasnt ok so use it. . thankyou for cetching that and correcting me.
Hehe I do that all the time.

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It is my understanding oxalates in spinach interfears with the obsorbtion of calcium with the gecko or the animal consuming the spinach (either directly or through the feeder) not the feeder insect itself.
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'Tis indeed oxalates which inhibit calcium absorption. They tend to bind to calcium. Om nom nom kale, no nom nom spinach.
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