Hatchling Happenings – Better late than never

In a typical breeding season, July is usually when your females stop ovulating and start eating again.  This is also roughly the time when most breeders are listing their hatchlings and juveniles that are ready to be shipped.  For us here at OnlineGeckos.com, this isn’t a typical breeding season for us.  Our females for some reason decided to breed late this year, and many of them are still laying eggs.

While our bold Bandit breeding group had a good jump start, majority of our other breeding projects have started late this season.  We currently have about 30 eggs in the incubator, many of which would take another 30 days before they hatch.  But, better late than never.  Two weeks ago we posted a picture of a beautiful super giant raptor female that hatched.  Today we had another super giant raptor hatch, this time a male.  Take a look at this beautiful gecko.

super giant raptor hatchling

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Leopard Gecko Egg Candling – How to check for a fertile egg

leopard gecko egg candling

How can you tell if the eggs you are incubating are fertile or not?

There’s a method called “leopard gecko egg candling”.  It’s simply to shine a light on the egg to see if the egg gives off a pink/red color or not.  A fertile egg will usually give off a pink, reddish look on the inside.  It’s an indication that there’s something growing inside.  Here’s an example from one of our eggs, this egg has been incubating for 30 days now.

This particular egg is being incubated for females at 81(F) degrees, so it has another 30 days to go yet.  But you can see very distinctively the pink/reddish coloration on the inside. Continue reading “Leopard Gecko Egg Candling – How to check for a fertile egg”

Hatchling Happenings

This past week, we’ve had a beautiful super giant raptor hatch.  She’s a temperature sexed female, hatched out of a very large egg.  The eggs were laid by a first time raptor breeder.  The male we are using for this project is a 160g super giant mack snow raptor, he’s a monster!  We are very excited about this project.  This is just a sneak peek, look for us to make more updates in the future.

Here’s the gecko, just hatched, with eyes still closed

super giant raptor hatchling

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Importance of incubators

For a leopard gecko breeder, there are a few things that affect your season’s success. One of which is finding good breeder geckos, something we covered in a previous Gecko Breeder Chronicle article. The other however, is having good incubators. As a breeder, your eggs are everything. Without the eggs hatching, you have no season, and you can’t advance your projects.

Importance of Incubators – Unexpected Failures

During our first year of breeding, we had an incubator that died overnight.  There were 12 eggs in that incubator, and all 12 turned out bad. It was not surprising to us that the eggs went bad after the incident, we expected it. Although it was disheartening, because the eggs looked firm and fertile before.  They were from several projects we were working on that year, many of which included our Super Giant and Radar projects. That incubator was incubating for males, so we had a season with no male holdbacks to further our projects. Continue reading “Importance of incubators”

The challenge to finding good breeder geckos

I chose this topic for our first Gecko Breeder Chronicle article because this is something we are currently evaluating. After having bred leopard geckos for 2 years now (going on 3rd), we are faced with the difficulties of having to decide which geckos to let go. This is something that we did not think of initially, nor was it something talked about on forums or mentioned on any gecko breeder sites. After checking with several breeders and having some 1 on 1 conversation with them, it appears this is not unusual.

For many new breeders getting into gecko breeding for the first time, many assume you could go out, buy a male and a few females, and you’ll end up with a bunch of gecko babies. While that certainly can happen, and does happen to some breeders, some are simply not as lucky. So just exactly what makes a good breeder gecko? Continue reading “The challenge to finding good breeder geckos”

Bandit projects thriving – hatchlings

We are having great success with our bandit projects.  We’ve already hatched out 6 beautiful bandit hatchlings, with more eggs still in the incubator.  On top of that our bandit breeders are still ovulating.  This marks our second successful season with our bandit projects.

Bandits are a linebred morph, it was linebred for several generations to achieve the trademark bandit nose band, as well as the bold patterns and stripes. Bandits are great looking leopard geckos that show off the light/dark contrast very well.  It is one of our favorite morphs.

Here’s our first hatchling this season, check out how cute she is:
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