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RE: Breeding question

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Posted by: Lucien at Tue May 1 16:46:13 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Lucien ]  
   

The mating wounds that most females get when being mated are fairly superficial though they may "look bad" to some people, especially first time breeders. Generally, with leos, each new clutch of eggs is fertalized by a single mating. They can produce from previous mating but I've only seen it on occassion. Therefore, keeping the males with the females during breeding is a better and more sure way to go.. Also some of the fighting may be to establish dominance and removing the males just creates more fighting when you reintroduce them. I bred for 7 years solid.. got burnt out for a bit and now I'm back again to restart. With mine I set up permanent colonies of between 1.3 and 1.6 depending on the genetics and then leave them year round with several feeding stations, large belly heat areas, and plenty of hides in many areas on 2 levels in 33 gallon sterlite bins. A ramp of corkboard connected the 2 levels. Oddly enough I found more eggs in the second level hides where the temps were only around 73 degrees than I did in the hides at 81 to 83 degrees on the bottom. Always baffled me but such is nature.

Also, as stated, young, first year females will give fewer viable eggs and fewer eggs that stay viable. I've noticed that this usually stops ocurring by the second season and no later than the 3rd season for any of the several hundred geckos I produced and those I kept for breeding.
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