Leopard Gecko Breeding

Leopard Gecko Breeding is slowly gaining popularity among those that fancy more “interesting” pet choices. Not only are they interesting-looking, they also relatively easy to breed. After reading through this article, you’ll know everything you need to know about breeding your own Leopard Geckos.

First things first: obviously, you’ll need both your male and female geckos to be sexually mature.  A good place to start as a breeder would be figuring out these two fundamental things: The sex of your lizard, and sexual maturity.

The safest time to check would be when they are at least six months old. Turn the lizard upside down and take a look at the place where the body connects to the tail.  Roughly a centimeter above the tail-body connection, you’ll find a series of noticeable pores that line up in a “V” fashion.  These are the pre-anal pores.  One more way to determine the sex of your gecko is that the males have two pronounced bulges below the hind legs of your lizard.  If the lizard does not have any of these characteristics, it would be safe to say your lizard is a female.  A male will usually mate with more than one female, and a ratio of one male to three-four females is recommended.

Sexual Maturity

Now on to the second part: sexual maturity. For the male gecko, ensure that they are at least eight months old.  The recommended weight for the male (which is a good gauge to determine how healthy your leopard is), is at least forty five grams.  For the females, it is a bit later than the males.  They need to be at least a year old, and they need to be around five grams heavier– around 50 grams.

Unlike breeding dogs that requires a shooter, breeding Leopard Geckos is much easier. All the breeder needs to do is put the male and the female in the same terrarium. Do not expect results immediately, as they often need to be placed together for at least two days.  The male will soon seem to be picking a fight with the female.  You will notice signs of aggression and biting.  If the female is not into mating, she will strike back, usually by biting him as well. I write this so as to not cause any of you to panic if you notice the male “harassing” your female gecko.  All of this is part of the mating process.

If after a few days, they still have not mated, you may want to take both of them apart again, and try your luck again in a week’s time.  You can also consider putting in a different female, if you have one more.

Egg Care

Once they do mate, expect one to two soft eggs in four weeks.  It would be important to provide the female with a laying box, which you should fill with a ratio of 1:1 (weight) of water to vermiculite or sand. Make sure the laying box is the right moistness level. Too wet, and the eggs will grow mold. The opposite is not good either. Add your water slowly.

Remove the laid eggs from the laying box and transfer them to a plastic shoebox and incubate them at a temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit.  It is important to note that the sex of your hatchlings is determined by how you incubate them. If you lower the temperature to around 80 degrees, your new Leopard Gecko babies will be female.  If you up the temperature to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the babies will be male.  I recommend the 85 degree temperature for incubator so that you will have a batch that is a mix of male and female leopard gecko babies. Now you know everything there is to know; happy breeding!

Finding Breeders

If you’re a fan of having an unusual pet, chances are, you’ve thought about the leopard gecko.  These lizards are among the most popular of exotic pets.  Due to this high demand, pet shops have begun to carry these enigmatic creatures.  Before you run out and buy one, read through this article first.

Leopard geckos, scientifically known as the Eublepharis macularius, originate from the arid regions of the Middle East. What this means is, the environment where they are taken from is scores away from ours.  Although we can agree that they are fascinating creatures to have in captivity, it is not good to pluck them out of the wild.  This poses a threat to both the owner and the pet.  Pet stores, unfortunately, are not the best places to purchase a leopard gecko. Most of the time, pet stores source their lizards (and other exotic pets) from disreputable suppliers. These suppliers often illegally obtain these geckos from the wild.

The best place to get a leopard gecko is from a reputable breeder.  There are many reasons why most handlers believe this as gospel truth
The main reason why buying from a breeder is your best bet, is that this ensures that the lizard you will soon own is a healthy one.  This lowers the risk of you getting a sickly, displaced lizard that could live well below its life expectancy of twenty years.  Breeders are usually lizard lovers (why else would they breed them, right?) which means they care about the health and welfare of the gecko you will soon own.  This spells a huge difference, which you will appreciate more when you’ve made your purchase.

Now that you know where to buy your lizard, here are some pointers to help you select your lizard.  The first is to do your research. Chances are, you are already on it; since you’re reading this article now.  You’re on the right track! As the old adage says, “knowledge is power”.  Knowing the difference between a healthy and unhealthy lizard is key.

Identify Healthy vs Unhealthy Leos

A healthy lizard is characterized by clear eyes, clear nostrils and a clear vent. Examine your lizard thoroughly. Make sure their body is complete, that the tail is intact.  The tail is actually a really good place to start examining your lizard, because these geckos store their fat in their tails.  A fat tail means a well-fed lizard.

Be on the lookout for lesions, abrasions, cuts or lumps in your lizard.  Make sure there is no visible mucus.  Watch how your lizard breathes. If there is an apparent difficulty in breathing, you might want to reconsider that particular lizard and opt for another.

Know the sex of your lizard.  This is one of the easiest surefire ways to find out whether your breeder is experienced or not.  If they can’t tell whether the lizard is male or female (except when it is a juvenile– a baby leopard gecko) chances are, they don’t have a clue about much else.  This isn’t just a test for the breeder, by the way. Knowing the sex means everything; because different sexes have different needs (uncanny parallelism to the human kingdom, I reckon).

Don’t know where to find a breeder? Go to a reptile show. Search the web for conventions.  This is an excellent venue to interact with other enthusiasts who can offer priceless advice on where to get your lizard.

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