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Breeding Your Reptile

Breeding your reptile has relied on temperature and evironment of daylight and nightfall. Reptiles need to be appreciated for their color, actions, and form.

Reptiles breed during the autumn or when they become achive in the spring. Changing daylight and nightfall also play a large part in provoking the reptile to breed. Another stimuli for reptile breeding is rainfall.

Reptiles such as the snake and lizards, start to breed after they shed their skin. During the time they shed their skin, the females release pheromones, which indicate the readiness of reproduction. The pheromones allow the male reptiles to track the female so they are able to breed.

Captive reptiles it is often necessary to get them on a reproductive cycle. A good idea is to keep the cage by a window to allow natural illumination of daylight. An additional way is to allow the reptiles that rely on temperature to hibernate in the winter.

Making sure the incubation temperature is set properly is very important. Any temperature set between 80 degrees and 87 degrees Fahrenheit will be good. Some of the species prefer a lower temperature, while others want the upper temperature for incubation. Having the correct amount of moisture is also detrimental for incubation. Reptiles require moisture to be medium during incubation. This is moist side of dry. If you over or under moisture the egg will die.

The temperature of the egg during incubation in the first two weeks will determine the sex of the reptile. The female reptile, knowing this, chooses careful placement of their eggs. A temperature of a nest at 84 degrees and 87 degrees will produce both sexes.

High egg death, varying incubation or gestation temperatures even if is a degree or two- the surviving eggs will possibly have skeletal and shell deformities.

When breeding your reptile, if it is showing signs of distress or acting really different than normal, you should contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Also, you can ask your veterinarian about breeding your reptile, they may have suggestions to help you in this process.

It is important to remember to have the reptile’s natural habitat brought to their cage during the breeding cycle. Also make sure the temperature and natural climate is accurate during incubation to make sure to lower the risk of the egg dying. Allow yourself to receive all the information on you reptile prior to breeding. This will give you the best chance to breed a healthy new reptile.