Different people have different theories and different formulas on how they like to breed their geckos. Some theories work and others are well, just theories. If you’re looking to successfully breed and hatch some new born crested geckos, then we’ll try to go through the process as simple as possible to ensure you have success.
Like most mammals and animals, breeding is usually as simple as having a male and a female together in the same place at the right time. Animals work differently than humans and select their partners differently as well because it’s not usually a process. When a female is in heat, the male will find her and they will mate, it’s usually as simple as that.
The common breeding age for males usually starts at around 9 months old and can start at up to one year old as well as some owners have reported. Females however usually have to wait until they’re one year old before they start breeding. Some owners would recommend that you wait one year to 14 months give or take a month before you start breeding females to ensure they’re fully matured and developed enough to breed. Females at a minimum need to be 35 grams before they start breeding, and this is going to be assuming that they have the tail already.
You may start at 35 grams, but you might have a better success rate if you wait until the ideal 40 grams. All it takes is a little patience and waiting but it usually only takes one or two months to go from 35 grams to 40 grams. However, if the female doesn’t have a tail, then you can subtract 5 grams from the total weight.
If you plan on breeding, you want to ensure that only one male is in each cage because if they’re paired together, they can become incredibly violent and will fight each other rather than breed with the females. However, you can have 5 females inside the same cage with only one male without an issue.
The temperature is relatively important to ensure that fertilization occurs and is at maximum efficiency for doing so. Make sure that the temperature is kept between 75 degrees and 79 degrees during the day and at night time, you shouldn’t have an issue if the temperature were to drop 5 degrees. It’s encouraged to mist the cage every day at least once and remember not to mist too much or to soak the cage so much that the water doesn’t dry up in a couple of hours.
High quality food is also going to play a key factor here because for fertilization to be successful, they need to be well and gut loaded vitamin insects are the best way to do this. If you want to make sure that they’re being properly fed, you can check the calcium sacks on the roof of the mouth of the female. If it’s not depleted, then you have a healthy female gecko.
You’re going to also want to lay down a container inside the cage so that the females have a spot to lay their eggs in. Make sure you leave a few inches inside the container so that they can dig down into the container and lay their eggs. Crested gecko care is relatively easy and the process to breed them is quite simple. Once a crested gecko has laid eggs, you can expect to see some hatching eggs in 2 to 3 months. Usually it’s somewhere in between but sometimes it can take up to three months.
Owners report that they have had eggs hatch at temperatures that were all over the map but for safety purposes we’re going to go with 70 degrees or slightly higher. Incubation is important because it’s easy to lose eggs due to how delicate they are. If you run into the problem of a pair of crested geckos not breeding, then you might want to go back to the basics of crested gecko care and breeding to look at a few key things.
Is the temperature warm and not too hot? Are they getting proper nutrition? How old are the animals and are they matured enough to mate? There are several things you can examine and determine as the cause of geckos not breeding.