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.
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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”
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”
In this hatchling update, we have many new hatchling pictures to share with you. We are also planning on posting some 2016 releases and 2017 leopard gecko hatchlings toward the end of September and early October. Please check our Available Leopard Geckos for Sale page for new geckos in the upcoming months. We’ve already posted a beautiful Bell Blazing Blizzard female for sale.
Hatchling Update September 18th 2017
Our hatchling racks are at near full capacity. The way we handle new leopard gecko hatchlings is we leave them be and allow them to eat and grow for at least 2-3 months. These early months are crucial to their development and health. Gecko hatchlings that don’t eat well early on could develop metabolic bone disease (MBD), or other physical developmental issues such as being smaller and underdeveloped. This is why even though we know people are eager to purchase these cute baby geckos, we do our best to not bother them too much during the first few months.
But as promised, we know folks like to see more gecko pictures. We have plenty of hatchling pictures to share with you during this hatchling update. First we’d like to show you a couple of before & after pictures. Here’s a radar female born on 7-3-2017:
And here she is 2 months after, with a much more developed tail, and a more intense orange body color: Continue reading “Hatchling Update and Leopard Geckos For Sale”
Right on schedule, the Radar hatchlings are here! At OnlineGeckos.com, we were having a race to see whether our Tremper or Bell projects were going to hatch first. The eggs were laid roughly at the same time. The Tremper projects won as last week two beautiful super giant leopard gecko hatchlings were born. Once that happened, we knew the Bell albino projects were coming next.
First Radar Hatchlings of 2017
These are not clutchmates (one male one female), but they share similar traits as both are from the same parents. You’ll notice the very distinct reverse stripes down their backs. This is a trait passed down from our male breeder, Kronos. We absolutely love the reverse stripes, and we breed for it specifically.
Radar Hatchlings – Genetics
Radar is Bell Albino + Eclipse. This combination gives them ruby red eyes. We love working with Bell Albinos. When we first got into breeding in 2011, the very first leopard gecko we hatched was a bell albino het radar. So we’ve been working with Bell albinos since the very beginning. We still have our first boy, he’s quite photogenic, you may have seen him on our site before. Continue reading “Hello Bell Albinos! Leopard Gecko Radar Hatchlings of 2017”
Houston, the leopard gecko hatchlings have landed! Our first leopard gecko hatchlings of 2017 are finally here. We’ve been waiting patiently, with fingers crossed, for these beautiful leopard geckos to hatch. It takes roughly 65 days for females incubated at 80-82 degrees to hatch, so it has been awhile.
First Leopard Gecko Hatchlings of 2017
We weren’t quite sure whether our Tremper projects were going to hatch first, or our Bell projects. Their eggs were laid at around the same time. Looks like the Tremper projects beat the Bells this time. We also have Rainwaters, Snows, and Tangs but they were laid a bit later.
These are clutchmates, born less than 24 hours apart. Their parents are two huge super giants; father a super giant extreme emerine, mother a very large super giant tremper sunglow. We can’t wait to see how these hatchlings will mature. They look like little Giants, and they are already eating 2 days after hatching!
Of course now that these have hatched, we know the Bells are coming next. Stay tuned, we’ll keep you updated!