Breeder Chronicles: Season taking Off

Since my last entry a lot happened. The breeding season is in full swing with Shiny laying two clutches so far and Dot, Slocum and KC all successfully mating with The Dude. The KC pairing will be awesome since both geckos are Sunglow het RAPTOR. Hopefully we’ll get some nice color. This morning I checked Slocum and saw that there are definitely two eggs in there so her not laying any eggs last year must have been a coincidence and she is not infertile.

Preparing for the Hatch

The eggs from Shiny’s first clutch are due to hatch any day now and I have one tub left in my rack. I’ve really been putting off building the hatchling rack that I’ve been talking about since the end of last year and it’s getting to be crunch time. I can house the two hatchlings together for a few weeks but that’s about all the time I’ve got because the second clutch will be hatching by then. I’ve tossed around the idea of doing one of the plastic racks that I’ve seen built on YouTube but I’m not totally sold on it. The alternative of building one out of plywood doesn’t really sit well with me either though and I definitely can’t afford to buy a commercial one.

New Breeder

The biggest news is the new addition. I’ve been complaining on here about not having a suitable male for my new Mack Snow, NOVA and Enigma females for a while now and I’ve finally got that problem solved. I picked up a 36 gram Mack Snow Tremper Albino het Eclipse that I’ll be breeding after he is in quarantine and makes it past 40 grams. The combinations are very exciting. Hopefully I’ll be able to hatch a Dreamsickle. I have a 12.5% chance with the NOVA pairing. 1 out of 8 isn’t terrible and the other combinations like more NOVAs and Mack Snow RAPTORs aren’t a bad consolation prize.
In the next entry I should have some pictures of the new hatchlings but if you can’t wait you can always check out that latest incubation results on Join the site with your Facebook account and you’ll get first dibs on any of the animals that I put up for sale this year. There will also be discounts offered throughout the season. The season is just starting and I have some more exciting news in the works. I love hearing back from the readers so please leave and questions or comments below. I’d especially like to hear from anyone near Long Island with a cheap rack for sale!

What do you think?

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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