Sunday, July 25, 2010

Learn seven breeding secrets of leopard geckos

1. General
The breeding season runs from late February / early March to September. In nature, caused by rising temperatures after gecko hibernation.
That is why some breeders recommend a hibernation period of practicing one or two months (November-December), during which time the lighting, temperature and food was gradually reduced. Personally I do not practice winter and prefers to use this time to rest and good food for them to maximize energy and nutrient reserves (including the tail) for future breeding season. They provide good health is certainly a factor for success in the breeding of leopard geckos.
2. Sexing leopard geckos is relatively easy adult leopard gecko sexing.
Here are three features to distinguish male from female:
* The preanal pores (small dots of color) that form a V just before the hemipeniens bulges. * The two bulges hemipeniens (hemipenis balls) just before the cloaca (beginning of tail). * The male is usually wider at the base of the neck of the female.
The exposure of women preanal pores, or hemipeniens bulges.
The first 2 reactions are reliable and sufficient for the sex of a leopard gecko to be determined. For the third criterion, in some cases, the difference in the base of the neck widening between men and women. Finally, it should be noted that the incubation period an essential role in identifying the sex of the leopard gecko plays.
3. Reproductive age
For successful reproduction, it is important that farmers are healthy and sexually mature. For if man is ready to play without problems for 10 months, this is not the case of the female. A woman who is too young if the formation of calcium for eggs at the expense of its environment, which put an end to growth Could its monopoly, making it more vulnerable and can reduce life expectancy.
It is advisable to wait until a woman has finished growing and is strong enough (15-18 months) to convene a breeding male.
4. Coupling
In the evening, just before switching off the lights in the terrarium, a male runner for the signs of his intentions.
It will be wagging his tail generally from right to left at an amazing speed. I am always amused at these parades go, because, depending on your substrate, then the sound is remarkable and the surface turns slightly in all directions.
As the man the message and began to chase the female. It will then try to repeatedly biting the female on the neck to secure. This success, the female and male inflorescence seizes his chance. Mating usually takes one to two minutes.
Once completed, the two partners, a careful toilet of their genitals. Connecting leopard gecko is relatively volatile and it is not always apparent to observe. But with the usual observation, and the sound of this parade so special tail of the helicopter "of man, it becomes easier to identify and participate in this link.
5. Coupling
After mating, pregnancy. The eggs are then formed in the fallopian tube called "pregnancy. Approximately 2-4 weeks later he was. It consists of 2 eggs large enough in proportion to the magnitude of the female. Several observations led to the provision:
* As you can see eggs, two white matter, through the abdomen. Although gradually stopped feeding, the female takes the volume, but its tail, its energy reserve, a little thinner. * There will be sought by exposure to UV radiation to benefit before the light.
The eggs will overnight be deposited in a moist chamber consisting of moist vermiculite. The female provides coverage for leaving the wetland. After graduating, she suddenly lost weight and continued to scratch around the coffin, as if trying to cover a few eggs. In the evening he will have a big appetite and we should not hesitate to eat at will immediately resume the strong and the reserves in the tail, the interval between each spawning was relatively short (2-4 weeks). Note that the man will not hesitate to give the female the night of spawning cover.
6. Incubation
Once the female has laid her eggs in a moist chamber, it is necessary to leave out of her before attempting to remove it. It allows women to cover it, it will feel that their eggs are protected.
After the liberation of women, the vermiculite was removed with a soft brush to collect the eggs. To find them easily in the moist chamber, it is convenient to use a transparent box.
Next, eggs are carefully collected with a spoon, for example, to ensure that no return and are transferred to the incubator by placing them in boxes lined with moist vermiculite. As just above, incubation remperature plays an essential role in the determination of sex in the leopard gecko.
This is what we call T.S.D. (Sex determination of the temperature).
Incubation temperature: Temperature (° C) Sex incubation at 26 ° to 28 ° Male 55-65 days at 29 ° to 31 ° Male or Female 45-55 days 32 ° to 33 ° Page 35 to 45 days
We need to ensure that the temperature does not drop below 26 degrees and no higher than 33 °, otherwise the life of the embryo will be greatly undermined. The incubation period is longer or shorter depending on temperature (see above).
TIP: It is essential to regularly put the eggs in the incubator. If an egg is a bad mold growth (decline of the shells ...), it's better to withdraw from the incubator after the first "see" when in doubt.
Mirer an egg must be made through a light beam (preferably black) to the presence or absence of the embryo in the egg to verify.
7. Come
Depending on incubation temperature, it is relatively easy to plan for hatching. Provided and note the dates of each egg.
Besides the appearance of an egg to hatch will abruptly change. It will be a whiter color and swelling more towards a more rounded. The epidemic is so close and with luck, it is possible to attend. It takes about two hours from the time the little gecko pierce the shell.
If something more in his shell, do not try to remove it because he may still have reserve viteline used.
The epidemic ended, the little gecko leopard striped black and white / yellow (for the single phase) will be set in a small terrarium (20 x 30 cm) lined with paper towel. It is advisable to a small village in the enclosure to prevent stress mutual.
It was after 2 or 3 days (first ecdysis), the gecko has taken his first meal. Do not try to live insects to offer during these few days can cause unnecessary stress. To start the diet, small crickets are used.

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