Are you interested in breeding your leopard geckos?
Do you have a male and female leopard gecko in the same tank and wonder if you will get babies?
If you are interested in learning about leopard gecko reproduction, one of your first questions might be:
When is the leopard gecko breeding season?
Once leopard geckos have reached sexual maturity, you will be able to breed them during their breeding season. This season takes place from February to September each year.
Understanding breeding season is just one part of learning about the mating habits of the leopard geckos.
Read on for more information on the leopard gecko breeding season.
When Is Leopard Gecko Breeding Season?
Leopard geckos are considered some of the easiest lizards to breed, and part of the reasoning behind this is because they have such an extended breeding season.
The breeding season for a leopard gecko begins in February and lasts until September each year.
Once these animals reach sexual maturity and are the appropriate weight and health, they will be able to mate during this time.
While it is possible to breed leopard geckos outside of this breeding season, we recommend sticking with this schedule.
During the breeding season, the female gecko can lay anywhere from six to 16 eggs, with two per clutch.
A breeding season between February and September is the most natural for these animals and lines up with their species’ wild members.
How Do You Know When A Leopard Gecko Is Ready To Mate?
If you have decided you are ready to dive into the breeding of leopard geckos, you will need to determine if the animals you own are prepared to mate.
Male and female geckos will need to reach sexual maturity before they are ready to be bred.
For males, this happens at around the age of six months old.
Females will need to be a little older, with ovulation starting when they are between eight and 12 months old.
Because male leopard geckos reach sexual maturity before the females, it is a good idea to house them separately.
When the male reaches this age, he will attempt to mate with the female before she is ready to breed.
This premature breeding will cause unwanted and unnecessary stress on the female and can lead to fighting.
With the stress, the female will most likely stop eating, resulting in stunted growth and an unhealthy female leopard gecko.
Housing them separately gives both the male and female time to mature at the right pace and be stress-free and healthy.
Other key things you will need to look at before breeding your leopard geckos is the health and the weight of the animal.
Research has shown geckos should weigh in above 45 grams before you breed them.
Females especially will need to be on the plump side and should have their food supplemented with multivitamins and other necessary nutrients to help them keep their strength up.
Breeding, carrying, and laying eggs is hard on the female leopard geckos, so she needs to be in top health before attempting to breed her.
If your geckos are plump, you will be able to see it in their tail.
A female without a fat tail is likely not to be a good breeder.
Take time in the time outside of the breeding season to properly feed both the male and female leopard geckos, but especially the female.
Some breeders are known to breed their females every other year.
This is a common practice, especially if you aren’t sure your female is up to the task.
Keep the health and wellbeing of your gecko at the top of your priority list always.
Downsides To Breeding Your Pet Leopard Gecko
If you are looking to breed your pet leopard gecko, you should first understand all the pros and cons before you do so.
There are some negatives against breeding leopard geckos.
For your female leopard gecko, breeding, carrying and laying eggs is exhausting and leads to a shorter life expectancy.
If the female is not bred, her life expectancy does increase.
During mating, the male will bite the female on the back of her neck while placing his tail under her tail.
There is some danger to the female in just the mating ritual portion.
To carry and lay the eggs, the female of the species needs to be in peak health, and if their health is not maintained, they might become emaciated and even die an early death due to complications.
One example of complications is egg binding.
Besides the health of your female gecko, you will also need to consider the baby leopard geckos produced with each season.
Realize once these babies hatch, they will need to be fed.
This means more mouths to feed, more resources, and more of your time.
Be sure you have the time and resources to properly care for the animals, mainly because finding new homes for baby leopard geckos might not be as easy as you set out thinking.
Where you live can have a direct correlation to how many possible owners you can sell to.
It is a challenge to send the geckos to people who live around the country, especially when you start out.
We aren’t here trying to dissuade you from breeding these animals, but you need to understand the challenges coming along with breeding geckos.
Be sure you have taken all of this into consideration and are ready for the added responsibility before diving into breeding leopard geckos.
It takes time to build a proper breeding operation, so don’t think you will automatically be making tons of money, making this your side hustle.
With an extended breeding season of February to September, you will have some time to attempt to breed these animals.
Breeding leopard geckos is not something for people without experience to dive into doing.
Make sure you do your research and evaluate if you are prepared to take this on before breeding them.
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