Dubia Roaches As Feeders – High Protein Diet – And Gout In Leopard Geckos

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Dubia roaches (Blaptica dubia) have become increasingly popular in the recent years.  Hobbyists are finding out that dubia roaches are great staple diet for their leopard geckos.  Not only are dubia roaches a healthy, low fat feeder.  They are also fairly clean, they do not smell, jump, climb smooth surface, or make obnoxious noises.  Dubia roaches also breed well in a colony, allowing leopard gecko hobbyists to keep a live stock of all sizes ready to be fed off to their geckos.  Unlike crickets and mealworms, their life cycle is very long, allowing you to keep them longer before having to feed them off.  Pretty much you get the benefits of healthy feeders like crickets, without the negatives.  They are also hardy, and very meaty compared to most feeders when looking at the meat to chitin ratio.

Dubia Roaches vs Crickets for Leopard Geckos

A big reason for their increased popularity has to do with the cricket virus that nearly wiped out the cricket stock.  This cricket virus is now affecting more than just domestic house crickets, so reptile hobbyists had to look for a new, reliable feeder source.  As more hobbyists get over their roach phobia (something I had to get over as well), more and more hobbyists are keeping a running colony of dubia roaches to feed them off to their leopard geckos & reptiles.  Unfortunately with increased popularity, there are also lots of misinformation being spread regarding dubia roaches, particularly with their diet. Continue reading “Dubia Roaches As Feeders – High Protein Diet – And Gout In Leopard Geckos”

Did You Know? Leopard Gecko’s Sex Is Determined By Incubation Temperature

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Leopard Gecko Sex and Incubation Temperature

Did you know that leopard gecko’s sex is determined by incubation temperature?  When the eggs are incubated at higher temperatures around 88-90 degrees, you will hatch out mostly males.  When the eggs are incubated at lower temperatures around 80-82 degrees, you will get mostly females.  And lastly if the eggs are incubated at around 84-86 degrees, you will get a mix of both sexes.  While temperature sexing is mostly accurate, Mother Nature likes to play tricks against the odds sometimes.  You could hatch out a female at high temperature, just as you could hatch out a male at lower temperature.  They are rare, but it happens from time to time.

How soon can you tell a leopard gecko’s sex?

It’s rather hard to tell for sure what a leopard gecko’s sex is until they reach adulthood (1 year old).  But there are signs you can look for.  Males develop two distinct bulges early on.  Although females do develop bulges as well, sometimes they are not as distinct.

The for sure way to tell a leopard gecko’s sex is either 1) when the female starts to ovulate for the first time, which is usually during 8-12 months old, or 2) the male has matured enough to develop darkened “V” pores.  The first is obvious, males don’t go through ovulation, so they won’t have these pink circle dots on their belly.  If you see pink dots on a gecko’s belly, then that’s a female.  The darkened preanal pores is the best for sure way to tell if a leopard gecko is a male.  While females will have a V in the same area, only males will have darkened (chocolate brown/black) spots there.

How do you sell temperature sexed geckos using incubation temperature?

When a gecko is labeled to be temperature sexed, it usually means the gecko is too young to determine the sex just yet.  So the breeder has labeled a gecko as temperature sexed female or male based on their incubation temperature. Continue reading “Did You Know? Leopard Gecko’s Sex Is Determined By Incubation Temperature”