It is become very common for pet owners to breed their own pets. Especially, it happens with cats and dogs. Then reptiles are not exception. Many people start turn their hobby to breed the leopard geckos. No breeding means that your leopard gecko can be stressful. The recommendation is at least you are able to breed them once.
You might not know that leopard gecko breeding is not that difficult. This reptile only need right environment to start laying eggs. A health pair should be enough to start your breeding. However, many people recommended at least having five females and one male. But, many males in the same space are not good idea. They will end up fight each other for the females, thus this is better to have only get one male.
A male gecko can be breed at 9 months or older, then for female gecko was recommended at 14 months. In this point, the female gecko is considered had fully developed. The female geckos are fertile since they reach 12 months, but you should wait for a while. Breeding a pair of leopard geckos before they start reach their fully maturity can be harmful as well. So, this is better to wait them grow properly first.
You should know that environment is so important for breeding process of leopard gecko. For induction of breeding, then you can reduce its temperature to 65 Fahrenheit and the maximum rate should be at 70 Fahrenheit. If the temperature is below or above that mark, then your leopard gecko might refuse to start breed. At the night, the temperature should be lower. You should avoid misting too much inside the terrarium, because too much wet can make your leopard gecko feel uncomfortable. Then make them start to avoid each other.
So, the breeder should keep their leopard geckos in a precise diet. It means that you should provide all of nutrients because of gecko breeding process can make they lose calcium as well. It that things happen, then the breeder should complete their regular food with insects or special supplements as well. High quality environment and food will make the breeding process can be successful.
In this point, you might wonder about how often do leopard gecko lay eggs? The females lay eggs in every 25 to 35 days. Keep in mind that the container must be large enough and make your female gecko feels comfortable. It allows the female to dig around 4 inches down and the eggs inside the container should be in moist environment but do not too much moist. This is also important to take care of surrounding soil inside the container and ensue that you hydrate the containers in your daily basis as well.
The average of temperature should be at 69-degree Fahrenheit and 80 degree Fahrenheit. Then the eggs will hatch after 65 days or they can take time to 90 days as well. It’s all depending on the temperature and the incubation temperature can determine sex of reptile, including your leopard gecko.
Prepare the Place to Lay Eggs
Commonly, the leopard gecko is breeding from January to September. During this period, the female leopard gecko is able to produce around 8 to 10 eggs in her first in her first breeding. You can help them to lay eggs by preparing the most comfortable and safe place similar to its natural habitat. The list below is what you need to do to help them lay eggs.
You have to prepare a new box separates from their house or hiding area. The ideal size of the box is around 6 to 7 inches in diameter and 4 inches tall. For the best alternative, you can use a plastic shoebox
Make a Hole
Preparing a box is not enough. To make them safe and comfortable enough while laying eggs you have to prepare the box similar to the natural habitat. For example, you have to create a hole with 2 inches diameter. The function of the hole is to make the leopard gecko get in and out of the box just like what they want.
When the box and the hole are ready, you need to add specific material such as peat moss and vermiculite. Just make sure that the material is moist enough and not too wet.
Put the Female Leopard Gecko
The last thing to do is putting the female leopard gecko on the lay eggs box. Let them lay eggs there.
Prepare the Incubation Process
When the lay egg is done, the process is continued with the incubation process. To help with this process, you can use a shoebox and then fill it with vermiculite for about 1 to 2 inches in depth. To keep the moisture, mix the medium to water. Now, bury the leopard gecko eggs in the medium. Give a half inch apart space and make sure that it is not too close. Your job is to keep the medium moist and if it is too dry, you have to spray the inner side of the container. Remember! You are not spraying the egg but the side of the container.
Set the Temperature
Interestingly, you can also predict the gender of the baby leopard gecko which will hatch soon. Mostly, the gender is determined by the temperature of the container. Let say, if the container temperature is around 80 degrees, there is a possibility that you will have female baby leopard geckos. If the temperature is higher in which it is around 87 degrees, you will have both female and male baby leopard geckos. If you want to have male baby leopard geckos, keep the temperature of the container around 90 degrees. Just be careful not to let the temperature below than 74 degrees because it makes the hatches process fail. You just need to wait around 35 to 89 days until all the eggs hatch.
Take Care of the Baby Leopard Gecko
By the time you see the baby leopard geckos, you have to remove them to a new container. Just prepare a shoebox around 12 inches long, 6 inches wide, and 4 inches tall. Then, keep the temperature around 90 degrees. Start to feed them with small mealworms after three days. Put around 5 to 10 mealworms in a jar and make sure that it is not too many. Feed them daily to give enough nutrition.