Helpful Advice When Breeding Leopard Geckos

Need help in breeding leopard geckos? The designer lizards are ‘easy’ to breed but getting the resulting lizard that you want can be a bit trickier than you anticipate. Don’t worry; we’re here to give you some advice so you can get to produce the desired designer lizards in no time.

Sex (The Technical Kind)

Of course, before your lizards can get down to business, you’d want to know which one is the boy and which one the girl. This can be done by flipping the lizards over and examining their underbellies near the tail. You will be looking for the hemipenal bulges near the vent of the creature underneath the tail. Males will have the hemipenal bulges as well as pre-anal pores somewhere in the middle of the hind legs.

Be careful when you are examining the animals. First, be sure that your animals are used to being handled. If you need a little more help with taming, try to get your pets used to human contact for a certain amount of time per day. Have them crawl from one hand to the next, over and over again for about half an hour or so and repeat the process daily until the lizard gets used to the contact.

Also, try to watch out for some confusing sigs. Some females actually have enlarged pits or other structures that can be mistaken for the pre-anal pores. Plus, fat is stored near the area of the reproductive organs, in the tail so the extra fat can be mistaken for bulges.

The Right Age

Usually, you’d want to wait until your lizard is around 8 months old before you start to think about breeding them. However, sometimes you’ll have to wait a little longer because some of the traits that you’d want change over age and you’ll want to make sure that you are breeding the right kind of trait. For example, some giants can take about a year to reach their optimal size and if you want to see which giant you’d want to breed the next generation, you’d do well to wait out a bit just to see which lizard beats out all the rest. It is common for siblings from a generation to exhibit different traits or varying degrees of the trait.

Sex (The Other kind)

Once you’ve gotten the lizard couple that you want, you’re probably ready to get the happy couple to mate. This may be one of the easiest parts as you won’t have to do much… you just have to place the happy couple in a tank and check if the female accepts the male’s advances. You’ll have to monitor the process though as mating can get violent, with biting and fighting commonplace. If you think the female is resisting too much, try to separate the two lizards for a couple of days and try again.

Pregnancy

All you’ve got to do now is to make sure that you have everything you need to ensure the female is happy once she is pregnant and she will have no problems. The most essential piece of the pregnancy would be the humid hide. This can be the same hide you use for shedding. This will serve as the nursery for the eggs. It’ll take about a month for the female to begin laying eggs. Some recommend feeding them pinky mice or small mice but don’t overdo it… it’s not as healthy as the other foods.

Tips on Leopard Gecko Mouth Rot

Whether you’re new or old to keeping the popular living ornamental lizards, leopard gecko mouth rot is a real threat to your pet. The infection is not only a great discomfort to the animal, it can also cause complications, further health problems, as well as death! Keep your ornamental pet safe from this disease with these tips.

Stomatitis

Leopard gecko mouth rot is also known as ulcerative stomatitis. It is an infection that can be found in the mouth and gums of the creature. The biggest threat this poses is that it hampers the lizard’s ability to feed and it can also lead to bleeding and further infection of the surrounding area. Remember that if the lizard becomes too weak, it may lose the ability to feed altogether. The disease is also known to cause blackening of the teeth and mouth, swelling, and yellowish discharge that can be found in between the teeth.

Causes

The principal cause of the condition is exposure to unhealthy or unsanitary living conditions. Clean tanks and living areas are usually a good first step in preventing this disease. The infection itself can be caused by viruses, fungal growth, or bacteria.

Key Tips to Prevent Stomatitis

The best way to ensure that your pet is safe from this kind of infection is to keep the tank well maintained and cleaned regularly. Whether you use a substrate or just the plain tank floor, you’ll do well to keep it clean. Try to remove any fecal matter or other debris like dead crickets or uneaten foods. If you use sand, you should replace the entire sand bed at least once a month. As you do this, try to clean out the tank with an antiseptic as well to keep any unseen trace materials from infecting the animals. Luckily, these lizards are known to be relatively neat and they will usually pick one spot in the tank to do their ‘dirty business’.

Treating the Problem

Should the disease affect one of your pets, it is best to consult the vet. Try to inspect your pets regularly. As with any kind of disease it is best to catch it early on. Remember that sometimes the infection won’t become immediately visible but one of the biggest signs is the loss of appetite.

Usual solutions would include employing some Betadine or Iodine solutions. Don’t use soap as this can further complicate things and your lizard may become more irritated. Topical agents or creams can also be used. Again, it is best to consult a vet before taking matters into your own hands. The vets will know which medicines are applicable and in what concentrations or amounts.

Extreme Treatments

Should the problems reach the extreme (ie the infection starts to spiral out of control, threatening the life of your pet), you may have to resort to surgery and other special treatments. Surgery would usually involve the removal of some of the infected parts of the mouth. Special treatments like fluid diets and supplements and other nutritional aids can be used to keep your pet from starving during the time it takes for the infection to clear up or the pet to recover from the surgery.