Leopard Gecko Breeding
The ultimate goal of keeping a
pet Leopard gecko is probably to simulate its natural
environment to such an extend that every possible aspect of its
life is replicated. Now the ultimate test to see if a pet is
happy in its environment is to see if it is reproducing
Once all the
Leopard gecko needs
are in place,
Leopard gecko breeding is almost inevitable. These reptiles are proliferous and successful breeders and one rarely comes across
a pair with Leopard gecko breeding problems.
The natural breeding season of Leopard gecko range from early
spring to autumn. Breeding is seasonal.
Leopard Gecko Breeding Pairs
External sexual characteristics can be used for
Leopard gecko sexing
to identify possible breeding pairs. One obviously need an adult
male and adult female pair to breed. The Leopard gecko breeding
age or sexual maturity is dependant on the gender, date of birth
and weight. In optimum conditions / captivity Leopard geckos can
reach sexual maturity at around 18 months (range 16 - 24
months). When external sexual characteristics are visible they
are usually said to be sexually mature.
Leopard Gecko Breeding Eggs
Leopard geckos are oviparous (they lay eggs that develop and hatch outside
the female body). Males can have a harem of four to six
females. After successful mating a female will lay a clutch of
two eggs. Healthy
females may produce as many as six clutches per year.
Leopard Gecko Breeding Egg Deposition
Leopard gecko females will deposit their eggs in a well maintained
Leopard gecko hide box. After successful deposition eggs must be
transferred to a
Leopard gecko incubator for further processing.