Breeder Chronicle: Bad News Good News

Gecko breeding always has its highs and lows but this month has had some big swings. I’ll start with the bad news. Our first egg of the year hatched after 46 days and the hatchling looked a little weak. It ended up dying about 3 hours ago and I’m pretty upset. I know that some aren’t strong enough but that doesn’t make it any easier.


Including the clutch that I just found in my Mack Snow Eclipse tub I have 10 other eggs in the incubator so there will definitely be more babies. I still haven’t built a hatchling rack but with the open tub from the recently departed gecko and one soon to be open tub from a gecko I’m giving to a friend’s daughter I’ll have some time before I’m totally out of space. I should be able to split the adult tubs into two halves and have enough room for 4 full clutches of hatchlings.

Good News

Now for some good news. I was able to get a Mack Snow Tremper Albino het Eclipse male to pair with my NOVA, Mack Snow Enigma and Mack Snow het RAPTOR females. He weighed in at 36 grams so he needs a little time to put on some bulk but he should be able to breed this season. Hopefully I’ll be able to produce a Dreamsickle and some more NOVAs.

That brings me to my next bit of good news. I am proud to finally be able to announce that I have been working with Andy from and Brittney Gougeon from PacHerp on a project called the Reptile Calculator. It is a new genetic calculator available on the Windows Phone Store and the iPhone App Store. The app allows genetic calculation for Leopard Geckos, African Fat Tail Geckos, Corn Snakes and Western Hognose Snakes with more genetic sets on the way. Anyone who purchases the app will get free updates that will include any future genetic sets. The app will help you easily plan out your breeding projects. It also includes images and information for many of the genetic combinations that are on the market.

Next month I will hopefully be reporting back with a bunch of new babies and that I have stopped being lazy and finally build the hatchling rack. One of those is much more likely than the other, I’ll leave it up to you to decide. As usual if you have any questions or comments just leave them below.

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Written by Justin Hansen

Justin Hansen's first reptile, an African Fat Tailed Gecko, sparked an interest that ended up consuming a dorm room in New York City and almost getting him expelled. Now that he has the space he is renewing his passion for breeding geckos. Currently focusing on Leopard Geckos he hopes to be able to branch out to other gecko species. He will be found at once he has a spare moment to finish the site.

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