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Eggs, Eggs and Eggs

Posted on: September 29th, 2012 by JE

Tokay Gecko Eggs – Guide for New Breeders

Because of the growing popularity of Tokay geckos, more and more people are encouraged to have them as pets. And most likely you’re among those Tokay owners who are excited to see their first Tokay egg hatch or something happened (which you can’t explain) and your Tokay laid eggs. This article will try to discuss some of the common issues concerning your Tokay eggs. So read on and enjoy.

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Am I Hatching?

Posted on: September 8th, 2012 by JE

 

Candling Tokay Gecko Eggs

 Usually, a female Tokay lays a clutch of 2 eggs. However, don’t be surprised to see 2 to 3 clutches of eggs (4 to 6 eggs) in your Tokay’s tank. Female Tokays can store healthy sperms from a single mating (like other geckos and reptiles), they can lay as much as 3 clutches of eggs in a single mating season. The eggs are initially soft and the female Tokay then shapes it with her hind legs as it hardens into a domed shape clutch of eggs. The eggs are usually glued on the surface where it was laid and it is almost impossible to remove them without damaging the eggs. So it is recommended (especially if you’re planning to incubate them later) to place tissues or paper around the tank or on the spot where the Tokay lays its eggs to allow you to transfer them later, or if the hide is small enough to fit inside the incubator, it is best that you transfer the whole decoration (or hide) where the eggs are attached to avoid killing them. (more…)

Effective Ways to Hatch Tokay Geckos

Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by JE

There are two ways by which you can hatch Tokay Geckos, natural or artificial. The best and the most suggestible way to hatch geckos is the natural way. Although it would not be entirely natural, it would still be most advisable way to breed your Tokay Gecko. On the other hand, artificial hatching may be a little more difficult but still possible.

Natural Breeding

The natural way of breeding Tokay Geckos does not necessarily mean to set your pet gecko free on the wild to allow them to multiply.  In natural breeding, you will only have to imitate their natural habitat as much as possible. To successfully hatch Tokay Geckos you must breed them during their breeding season or imitate their natural environment during their mating season. If you’re breeding them off the spring time. Here are the steps you should take.

  • The first thing you must do is increase the humidity of their habitat and make it as if it’s spring time.
  • Increase their daylight period by about 1 or 2 hours either by using light bulbs, the increase in daylight hours is a natural occurrence during spring.
  • Nutrition is also important to your female geckos so offer them a variety of food, preferably those that are rich in calcium.
  • After manipulating the controlled factors, all you have to do is wait for your female gecko to lay its eggs. They normally lay their eggs in a clutch of two on the sides of its habitat. (If you’re planning to hatch the eggs artificially in an incubator, you must place a removable artificial decoration where they can likely lay their eggs. If eggs are laid on the wall of their habitat, do not attempt to detach them. You may only damage the egg by doing it. )
  • Maintain the temperature inside the habitat to about 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit for 90 to 120 days until the eggs hatch inside the habitat. It would also help to keep the habitat slightly damp.

Artificial Hatching

Hatching Tokay Geckos artificially starts the same way as breeding them naturally. It only makes a difference starting on the fourth step.

Once the female gecko has laid its egg on the artificial decoration or substrate, you may now remove the decoration with the egg from the habitat and transfer it in an incubator. When moving the eggs, be careful not to shake it too much because Tokay eggs are sensitive. The embryo might get mixed up inside and die.

Artificial breeders would usually use a small box containing soil mixed with non-fertilizer Perlite, an amorphous volcanic glass that contains enough water to keep the moisture inside the incubator. If needed, spray a necessary amount of water over the soil to make it damp enough. Dig a small hole on the soil and carefully place the eggs on it. Don’t burry the egg, instead cover half of it with the soil containing Perlite. Allow the egg to stay for 90 to 120 days and keep the temperature from about 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit until the eggs hatch. The sex of geckos will depend on the temperature. If you want female geckos, keep the temperature low at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other hand, if you want males, keep it high at 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Incubating Eggs: Increasing the Hatch Rate

Posted on: July 19th, 2012 by JE

The most difficult part of breeding Tokay geckos is making sure that the eggs hatch. There are different ways to incubate gecko eggs but not all of them are effective enough. This article covers the best way to incubate eggs to secure higher hatch rate.

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