If this is your first time to breed Tokay geckos then most likely you’re very excited to see your first hatchlings. But before you get too excited, let’s sit down first and take it one step at a time. Yes, you have successfully bred your female Tokay with a male and you’re too sure about it. However, unlike mammals, you can’t be very sure that your female Tokay will lay its eggs on schedule. Tokay geckos like some reptiles can store healthy sperms from a single mating (this is the reason why Tokays can lay two to three clutches of two eggs in a year or in a single mating season). The female Tokay can decide whether to fertilize her eggs right away or delay it within a year. This means you cannot really expect your female Tokay to lay its eggs right away. But normally, Tokays lay their eggs as early as two weeks and every two to three weeks following the first clutches of eggs. You can tell that your female Tokay is close to laying its eggs by simply looking at her belly. Pregnant Tokay geckos that are close to laying usually appear to puffy bellies and the eggs are quite visible through her thin stomach.
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Understanding the Sperm Storing Capability of Female Tokays
Oh man, if you’re a male Tokay you’ll be probably be disappointed to hear this –“female Tokay geckos can store sperm for about a year”. This means they’ll not need a mate for the whole year to successfully reproduce. Unlike mammals, female Tokay geckos (which are also common in reptiles, insects and some bird species) have unique breeding traits that allow them to lay multiple clutches of eggs from a single mating as part of their antagonistic co-evolution, or the changes or evolution of the sexual morphology of each sex over time to neutralize the sexual characteristics of the opposite sex to attain the utmost reproductive success and survival. Through time, female Tokay geckos (and other animal species) have developed a specialized sperm storage that allows them to store the sperms in an ideal condition, until they decides to use them. This allows the female Tokay gecko to delay or hasten the fertilization of eggs depending on the environmental condition and other factors (e.g. health) that can affect the survival rate of the hatchlings.
The long wait is over. The eggs have finally hatched! You now see those cute, little hatchlings going out from their shells and trying to explore the world with their small bodies. Congratulations! However, you must be wondering – now what? Although this question should have been answered long before your Tokay gecko became pregnant, this article serves as a general guideline for anyone who’s a bit confused with what to do with their pets. Becoming a successful breeder takes time and effort. It also takes lots of research and experience.