Leopard gecko breeding seasons usually start around January of each year, and they last through June/July. During the breeding season, your female leopard geckos will ovulate. In this article we will show you how to spot leopard gecko ovulation. We will also explore changes in behavior from both male and female leopard geckos. You will learn what to expect during the leopard gecko breeding season, as well as the normal cycles your geckos go through each year.
Leopard Gecko Ovulation – What do they look like
During the leopard gecko breeding season, female leopard geckos will produce ovum, the female reproductive cell. Ovum (plural ova) tends to start as a small pink round dot near their stomach in the middle of their abdomen. Ovum can be hard to spot at first, as they blend in with their stomach. See the picture below for an early stage ovulation.
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.
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”