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Post by drxl34 on Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:39 am

Today I came home and discovered my (previously thought to be male) juvie gecko is growing an egg. I have no idea how old she is. My question is, is it possible to be carrying a fertilized egg? My other juvie (unsexed) was housed with her for about a month and I always found them "snuggling" with the unsexed one on top. I never thought anything of it. The other gecko is very small but it probably at least 5-6mo old. So is this possible? The female was housed with other geckos before I bought her as well.. How young/ big can geckos be before they can breed? Should I prepare for a fertilized egg?

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Post by Smiley on Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:05 am

The first eggs your leo lay usually are duds even if they have been fertilized. Males are always ready to breed before females, so if they are around the same age they are probably breeding. You will more than likely find them to be duds but its a good thing to be prepared for. You never know.
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Post by drxl34 on Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:40 pm

ok i will. she has been so hungry lately.. is that normal? i usually have to try hard to get my new geckos to eat but once she sees me put the mealworm cup in she runs out and waits for dinner lol

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Post by Kermit on Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:01 am

If she is producing eggs her body is going to require more nourishment. Make sure to keep up with her suppliments, and maybe even leave a calcium cup in the viv if you aren't already.

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Post by Mardy on Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:24 am

At 5-6 months old she's likely to lay infertile eggs. But you just never know until the eggs are incubated. So if you choose to incubate the eggs, you need to have it all setup and ready to go before she lays the eggs. Incubation temperature needs to be tested and re-tested long before you put the eggs in the incubator.

Also females that are gravid will tend to feed like rabid dogs up until a day or two before they lay. So it's normal for her to be very hungry, as the egg production will take a huge toll on her body. She needs all the nutrients she can get.

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