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A Guide to Breeding Your Pet Leopard Gecko

Shruti Bhat Mar 3, 2020
Breeding your pet leopard gecko is not a herculean task. All you will need is - two adult and mature leopard geckos of opposite genders, an aquarium, and a few other supplies.
Eublepharis macularius is the scientific name for the leopard gecko. It is one of the few species of geckos which have eyelids. Interestingly, Eublepharis, in Greek and means good eyelid. While macularius refers to spots in Latin.
Pet leopard geckos are probably one of the easiest reptiles that can be successfully bred in captivity, and as a good pet owner you would want to know the basics of breeding geckos.
You need to remember that the pair needs to be healthy and matured to commence breeding. You might also want to consider whether there is a market for your little hatchlings beforehand.

Breeding Leopard Geckos


Before you begin you need to verify the gender of your geckos. You can accurately know the sex of the reptile, only once they are around 6-8 weeks old.
Unlike other animals, it is a little difficult to determine the gender of your pet gecko. All you need to do is gently flip your reptile on its back and take a look at the vent. The vent is between the two hind legs. If you have a male gecko you will find a series of pores that form a 'V' shape.


Geckos are generally sexually mature around the age of 1½ - 2 years. Keeping your female gecko's health in mind it is ideally advised not mate her until she is at least 2 years old. This will help her be physically fit enough to lay her eggs.

On maturity a healthy male will weigh around 40 grams, and female around 45-50 grams.


The gecko's breeding season is around January to September. Before mating the male gecko will vibrate its tail to generate a buzzing sound.
If she is not interested in mating she will either attack him, run away, or stand tall on all her fours and slowly wag her tail. If she is not interested in mating, separate the two, this will avoid any attacks and injuries. A female may lay eggs within 3 to 8 weeks after the mating.

Egg Laying

After mating, increase her food intake, as it takes a lot of energy and calcium for her to lay eggs. This also is an ideal time to introduce her to a laying box. The laying box should be have adequate space, around 8 inches in length and should contain 4-5 inches of moist vermiculite, for her to bury the eggs in.


Once the eggs are laid, gently transfer them onto a bed of moist vermiculite in an airtight container. The incubation temperature of these eggs will determine the gender of your little hatchlings.
Temperature around 80°F will give you a box full of female leopard geckos; whereas 89 - 90°F will give you a box of male geckos. However, if you want a box of mixed ones you need to set the temperature between 87°F, for their entire incubation period.
You can begin feeding these little ones once they have shed their first coat of skin, which is around 8-10 days. After that, you can feed them ¼ cricket.
In around 3 weeks, the little leopard geckos will get healthier, and start eating just like the adults.
A pair of geckos can reproduce up to two dozen eggs in a cycle. And keeping them or homing them can be quite difficult. So carefully consider all these aspects before considering breeding your pet.