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    Last night I saw one of my females licking powdered calcium for the first time.

    She and her 3 sisters share a very large tank. I provide a dish of powdered calcium for them and it does seem to disappear over time but I was never sure before whether it was just getting spilled and then buried or otherwise disposed of by the clean-up crew or whether the geckos were actually consuming it themselves. Now I have an answer.

    Oh, and the gecko who licked the calcium went to the food dish next. I guess it was part of her well-rounded meal.
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    Is the calcium flavored or scented? Some geckos like to eat dry CGD, possibly because they pick up the aroma better.
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    The calcium right now is not flavoured or scented. I suppose the geckos are eating it because they crave it.

    I used to use "cricket flavoured" calcium, i.e. the calcium left over from coating crickets, until I ran out if it. (My geckos all -- or possibly with two exceptions -- grew out of eating crickets, so I'm not producing any more cricket flavoured calcium powder).

    I'm feeding them Pangea complete right now, mixed to a ketchup-like consistency -- they devour it. I have never fed my geckos powdered food without mixing it with water first.
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    Yeah it's not recommended to feed dry but some geckos lick at it like you saw with the calcium. I'd be afraid of dehydration if fed dry long-term.
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    I don't know either, I give both of my adult female cresties a dish of calcium.

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