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”
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”
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”