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Breeding conicus and starting young....

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Posted by: Kelly_Haller at Fri Oct 21 18:34:50 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Kelly_Haller ]  
   

I had a large colony of adult conicus in the 1980's and 1990's and produced several hundred young. The key to breeding them is a shortened winter photoperiod and night cooling into the mid-60's with day temps back up to 80. Virtually all mature adults will produce young when cycled in this manner. My newborns fed first time food was offered 95% of the time. The key is to wait for the first shed at 7 to 8 days after birth and always keep them on one to two inches of fine sand at between 85 and 90 degrees. They will bury themselves with just the eyes and nose showing and should be offered live pinks at night laid on the sand in front of them. These will be eaten after lights out. Sand is much superior to paper, chips, or aspen to initiate feeding as it has the weight against their body they need to feel secure. After several months of feeding, they can usually be moved to another substrate without too much trouble.

Kelly


   

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