The topic of my leopard gecko won’t breed comes up quite often with new gecko breeders. You’ve just purchased a pair of leopard geckos, and no matter how many times you have tried, they just won’t breed. It can be very disheartening to see a couple of healthy leopard geckos not able to mate successfully. In this article, we will discuss various breeding challenges. Our goal is to offer you tips and help you figure out why your leopard gecko won’t breed.
Leopard Gecko Won’t Breed – Ovulation cycles
Often times there are reasons why your leopard gecko won’t breed. One common cause is your female isn’t ovulating. It is very important for new breeders to understand that a female is not going to be receptive unless she is ovulating. No matter how often you attempt to mate, or how often successful copulation occurs. If the female leopard gecko isn’t ovulating, she won’t become gravid, nor will she produce eggs. Continue reading “Leopard Gecko Won’t Breed”
Small scale leopard gecko breeding can be both fun and educational. We have been breeding geckos on a small scale since 2011. The anticipation and elation when you produce life is nothing short of breathtaking. Even after all these years, it still doesn’t get old. Perhaps you are a gecko hobbyist ready to take the next step. In this article, we will help you start your own adventure to small scale leopard gecko breeding.
Small Scale Leopard Gecko Breeding 101 – Budget
We are going to jump right into it, because we know that’s why you are here. Here are our tips and suggestions for small scale leopard gecko breeding.
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One of the most commonly asked questions is “what do I do, my leopard gecko won’t eat”. Your geckos have stopped feeding on a regular schedule, you are now wondering if there’s something wrong. The very first thing you should check is your husbandry. If you have not read our leopard gecko care guide, you should take a look. It contains detailed valuable information on proper husbandry.
Leopard geckos require proper belly heating in order to digest food
If you do not provide proper belly heat, they can’t digest food properly, and could stop eating as a result. The ideal belly heat is between 88 – 93 degrees Fahrenheit. Gecko owners often make the mistake of measuring the air temperature because they purchased a leopard gecko “kit” from the pet store, as they usually come with a stick on thermometer. It’s important you measure the floor temperature where your gecko will be laying on to get the proper temperature reading for belly heat. You can easily and quickly measure your tank’s floor temperature by using a temperature gun like Etekcity’s Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer. Just point and click. Or if you prefer constant reading, a digital thermometer with a probe.
Also some retail kits are known to send you home with basking lights. Remember leopard geckos are crepuscular, they do not bask under sunlight. Basking lights are for diurnal species like iguanas and bearded dragons. It’s important you have an under tank heating pad like Zoo Med ReptiTherm to provide proper belly heating for your leopard geckos.
Click here for our full comprehensive guide on leopard gecko heating and temperature needs.
As part of good husbandry, you should have a warm hide, a cool hide, and a moist hide somewhere in the middle. When you don’t provide proper hides, your gecko could feel stressed and scared. When they get stressed they may stop eating completely. Hides should be snuggly, tight fitting hides where they can feel safe. Leopard geckos do not enjoy hides with big openings with multiple entrances where sunlight/room light can shine in 24/7.
My leopard gecko won’t eat and I use sand or other loose substrate
If you use sand or other loose substrate such as bark, cypress mulch, calcium sand, coarse coconut fiber, moss, walnut shell, and more, there’s a good chance your leopard gecko is impacted. Impaction can occur when the gecko’s digestive tract is blocked by terrarium bedding. This condition can be fatal. Continue reading “My leopard gecko won’t eat – feeding problems – behavior change”
This is a commonly asked question among leopard gecko hobbyists. People often ask, “should I get calcium with D3 or without?” Or, “what leopard gecko vitamin supplements should I buy?” Also, “how to dust insects with multivitamin powder?” Before we start, understand that there’s not just one right way to supplement. However, we will go over the most common methods that should work for all general gecko hobbyists and breeders.
To D3 or not to D3? The answer is simple. Yes, for leopard geckos living in captivity, you need to supplement with vitamin D3 unless you utilize UVB. UVB is a whole other discussion entirely so let’s just assume you don’t use UVB like most leopard gecko hobbyists. But to quickly go over UVB, in order to use UVB properly, you need to have a large enough terrarium (20-40 gallons minimum). The tank must have lots of shades and hides to allow your gecko to hide away from light.
The UVB must be given in very limited & controlled amount each day to simulate their natural living environment. Leopard geckos are crepuscular, they get very limited exposure to sunlight in the wild. In the wild, leopard geckos burrow deep underground or hide in rock crevices to sleep during the day. They only come out to hunt during fading light early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Without limited and controlled UVB, and proper husbandry, you could harm your leopard geckos by exposing them to harsh basking lights.
We’ve seen leopard geckos with severe burns as result of improper usage of UV. We’ve also seen leopard geckos with extremely dry skins because harsh basking lights are on all day long cooking their living environment. In addition, please remember not to supplement with vitamin D3 if you decide to provide UVB, or you risk Vitamin D3 overdose. UVB triggers vitamin D3 synthesis. Most hobbyists are not equipped with knowledge to provide controlled UVB in captivity. This is why we recommend against the use of basking lights for general hobbyists. This is even more important if you have albino leopard geckos, as they are extremely sensitive to light. Using UVB with albinos would likely cause burns and blindness. Continue reading “How to supplement gecko diet and dust feeder insects – Leopard gecko vitamin supplements”
Leopard gecko hobbyists often ask, “my leopard gecko laid eggs, what do I do?” The topic of leopard gecko incubation often comes up unexpectedly. Maybe you didn’t know the group of leopard geckos you are housing together contained a male. Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to get into leopard gecko breeding, so the eggs are a pleasant surprise. In this article we’ll discuss the best reptile incubator money can buy in 2018. We will also go over specifics of leopard gecko incubation, such as ideal incubation medium, temperature sexing, incubation temperature, and egg incubation period.
The Best Reptile Incubator 2017 – 2018 – Natures Spirit
The best reptile incubator of 2018 is without a doubt, Natures Spirit incubator. It measures a whopping 24″ Tall x 24″ Deep x 19″ Wide.
These Natures Spirit incubators are solidly built. They come with 2 removable shelves, a large clear plexiglass door for easy viewing, heavy duty secure latches, air circulation fan, and they weigh only 40lbs. Put it all together, you have the best reptile incubator available for small to mid-sized breeders, no matter if you are an amateur gecko hobbyist or professional breeder. Continue reading “Best Reptile Incubator 2017 2018 – Leopard Gecko Incubation – Natures Spirit”
The 2018 leopard gecko breeding season is upon us. Every year adult female leopard geckos will start to ovulate around January through June/July. If you have an adult leopard gecko, you should start to notice some behavior and feeding changes soon.
Both male and female leopard geckos could refuse food off and on throughout the breeding season, as we outlined in “My Leopard Gecko Won’t Eat” article. Some leopard geckos will fast through the whole season. You should not be alarmed. This is all part of the normal leopard gecko breeding season cycles. Continue reading “Leopard Gecko Breeding Season 2018”