Breeding leopard geckos is just as simple as putting a male and female gecko together. Easy? Yes. Simple? Yes. But for you to be able to successfully breed leopard geckos one has to be observant and careful.
If you intend to incubate the eggs one has to house the male and female together. But timing is the key. A male leopard gecko need not stay with the female most of the time. In fact, it is best that the male leopard gecko be placed in a female's terrarium for thirty minutes each day for three days. Letting them mate for more than the allotted time will cause stress and illness to the female.
It is very difficult to check on the gender of very young leopard geckos. Classifying them too early will just leave you frustrated since the male looks like their female counterparts. The best time to check on their genders is when they are six months old. Successful breeders would know that the first step to breading leopard geckos is being certain they have one male and one female gecko.
Breeding leopard geckos too early may pose complications. The growth of your leopard gecko may be impaired and disrupted if they are allowed to mate earlier than what is recommended. The ideal time of breeding is when the leopard gecko has reached its first year.
The Health Condition
A female leopard gecko must be in a good health condition prior to breeding. The female leopard gecko must weigh more than 50 grams. A female leopard gecko loses weight when it produces eggs, and its calcium gets depleted from its bones. Thus, it is important to breed females that are 50 grams or more.
Breeding leopard geckos is simple. But expecting immediate results will frustrate you. It is best that you closely monitor your leopard geckos during the breeding period. During the mating period the female leopard gecko may become aggressive. The female gecko may resort to biting. This usually happens when the female gecko is not ready to mate with the male gecko.
Observe for a few days and if mating does not occur, you may well consider mating the male with a different female gecko. Be patient as they may become choosy with partners.
They say that all is well that ends well. Once your leopard geckos have successfully mated, there will be one or two eggs on the way in four weeks. Provide your female leopard gecko with a box for laying. Fill it up with one measure of water and one measure of sand. Make sure you add the water slowly. Make sure you monitor the moisture content of the box since too much moisture will produce moldy eggs.
The eggs may be transferred to a small box and incubated at 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Your incubation temperature will determine the gender of your hatchlings.
With much anticipation and by following these guidelines by heart, you are on your way to breeding leopard geckos successfully.