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    My Leopard Geckos Laid Eggs

    My leopard geckos laid 2 eggs but I didn't spot them until today. My son put tons of crickets in there enclosure (after me telling him only to put in a couple).I think the crickets have eaten the eggs but I'm not even sure they are eggs.lol
    Also how do I know if they are a boy or girl? we got them in april last year, should they be mature now? or should it still be a wee while till they are properly mature?






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    Re: My Leopard Geckos Laid Eggs

    They are properly mature. The question now is if they are of proper weight. You don't want to breed females who are under 55 grams. (You can but it is best to wait until they are larger. It is less taxing on their system.)

    When feeding crickets, you should toss in a piece of carrot or other solid veggie for them to feed on. This will give the crickets something to help keep them gut loaded and will prevent them from nibbling on your gecko. (The small bites from a cricket can lead to an infection.)

    Sexing leopard geckos is fairly easy once they are mature.

    A male will have preanal pores found above the vent and hemipenal bulges found below it. The picture below shows what I mean and is taken from the new caresheet we are working on.


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    Re: My Leopard Geckos Laid Eggs

    Ok thanks.

    Your post thing was very informing for me!
    Do you know if female geckos always lay eggs like chickens?
    Or do they only lay eggs if they have been mated?

    How do you weigh them?

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    Re: My Leopard Geckos Laid Eggs

    Females can lay eggs without the presence of a male but they will be infertile. While it isn't abnormal for a female to lay eggs without a male, it also isn't something that they all do.

    You can use any scale that measures in grams and ounces to weigh leopard geckos. I use a postal scale to weigh my Leopard Geckos.

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    Re: My Leopard Geckos Laid Eggs

    ok thanks.

    Is it usual for 1 of your geckos to be much bigger than the other?(like alpha male thing)

    Because both of them eat the same and one of mines is much bigger than the other.It is also always lying ontop of a box that we are keeping there eggs in so that we can take them to the vet and see if they are alive.Would this also mean that this one is a female?

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    Re: My Leopard Geckos Laid Eggs

    If they are vastly different in size and reside together, perhaps you should separate them for a bit. The smaller one may put on some weight. A laying female will also drop weight each time she lays eggs.

    The one laying on the egg container may be the female, who knows. You would need to sex her to know for certain.

    You can candle the eggs to see if they are viable. Simply put them over a strong flashlight and look for red. If there are red veins, it is viable.

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    Re: My Leopard Geckos Laid Eggs

    Correct me if I'm wrong Rich

    You don't want to turn the eggs, and by turn I mean don't rotate them, the baby attaches itself to the top of the egg and if you turn it the baby will drown.
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    Re: My Leopard Geckos Laid Eggs

    That is correct. Most of us will mark an egg when we discover it. If you put a small mark on the egg you will always know what side is up.

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    Re: My Leopard Geckos Laid Eggs

    *wipes the sweat from his brow* whew, I'm learning
    I'm glad I'm learning about herps I don't own so I can at least help give good answers (and you never know when another herp will just accidently show up at the house )
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    Re: My Leopard Geckos Laid Eggs

    The eggs have sand stuck all over them does this matter?

    One of them got eaten by the crickets.:o

    What if I turn them a wee tiny bit like when I'm lifting them will that kill them or will they survive?

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