The Chronicles of a New Gecko Breeder

 /  Featured Articles  /  8 Comments  /  March 1, 2011

The Chronicles of a New Gecko Breeder

I first started breeding Leopard Geckos in 2000 in my dorm room at NYU. I always had a fascination with reptiles and fish and wanted to pursue a degree in Biology in hopes of getting my PhD in herpetology. However, after realizing that life in college was hard enough and the PhD would cost me far more than I would ever really make, I settled into a degree and career in IT which came easier to me than Chemistry. My love for reptiles remained and to my roommate’s dismay, the rack in our closet got bigger.

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Readers’ Questions Answered: Breeding Basics

 /  Featured Articles  /  2 Comments  /  February 22, 2011

Readers’ Questions Answered: Breeding Basics

It’s that time of year again for most geckos –breeding season. Each season brings geckos new to the breeding experience as well as keepers new to breeding them. This month’s Readers’ Questions Answered features some basic questions about aspects of the breeding process. Although the first question is specific to leopard geckos, the other question could apply to any gecko species.

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Gecko Brumation: The Who?  What?  Where?  When?  And Why? Of Cooling Your Geckos

 /  Featured Articles  /  6 Comments  /  February 15, 2011

Gecko Brumation: The Who? What? Where? When? And Why? Of Cooling Your Geckos

So people ask me, and I see a lot of ‘talk’ on the forums about the exact nature and techniques that are required to properly cool an animal down for the winter. A lot of questions are asked and the most common are the obvious such as: “At what temperatures should I cool my geckos? And for how long”, “Should I feed them during this time?”, “Do juveniles or first year breeders need to be cooled?” or “Is it really necessary for me to cool my reptiles?”.

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Bio-active Substrate

 /  Featured Articles  /  28 Comments  /  February 8, 2011

Bio-active Substrate

For a few years now, we have been using bio-active soils in lizard and snake cages.

The idea behind bio-active substrates is that you will have an entire eco system in your reptiles’ cage. The benefits from this are awesome. The natural good bacteria, microbes, isopods, substrate mites, and other insects that live in the soil, virtually act as a sanitation crew.

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Which New Gecko Should I get?

 /  Featured Articles  /  5 Comments  /  February 1, 2011

Which New Gecko Should I get?

This question is heard often and usually for one of two reasons: either the questioner has just gotten hold of a new enclosure and wants something to put in it, or someone who has successfully kept a gecko for the first time wants to expand to a new, different or more challenging species. As usual, the internet can be a wonderful resource in the quest for a new gecko species to keep, but it is just that, a resource, not a mind reader.

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The Impact of the Environment on Successful Gecko Husbandry

 /  Featured Articles  /  5 Comments  /  January 25, 2011

The Impact of the Environment on Successful Gecko Husbandry

Behind the curtain of captive husbandry, one gecko species thrives, while another will not. To understand the species, their environment, anatomy and biology, must further studied. All animals have species-specific needs. Some needs are minimal some are greatly complex. Some needs are obvious while others are obscure and unknown. However these needs must be met to provide health, a quality life, and comfort for captive geckos.

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Caring for Mourning Geckos (Lepidodactylus Lugubris)

 /  Species Spotlight  /  5 Comments  /  January 18, 2011

Caring for Mourning Geckos (Lepidodactylus Lugubris)

Mourning Geckos are small, parthenogenic, colony geckos. They are very active, have social hierarchies and very distinct body language and vocalizations.

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Turning Your Gecko Hobby into an Online Business

 /  Featured Articles  /  6 Comments  /  January 11, 2011

Turning Your Gecko Hobby into an Online Business

We had kept reptiles for years. We had bred a few and had been able to sell everything we produced. It seemed like a no-brainer to turn our hobby into a real business. You know, with a name, a logo, some cards, and contact info. We thought we understood the nature of an online business. We studied other reptile related web sites and we thought, “We’re going to the next level!”

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Gecko Pairs: Similar and Different

 /  Featured Articles  /  1 Comment  /  January 4, 2011

Gecko Pairs: Similar and Different

Geckos come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Despite this variety, there are gecko species that seem to be very like each other, yet have evolved in different parts of the world. Novice keepers, noticing the physical similarities between these gecko pairs are often tempted to keep them in the same enclosure, which is usually a bad idea since geckos that have evolved in different parts of the world have different needs.

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 /  Readers' Questions Answered  /  2 Comments  /  December 28, 2010

Readers’ Questions Answered: Husbandry Issues

No matter how many caresheets we read, when it comes to a specific situation with one of our animals, we don’t always know what to do. Sometimes adjustments are possible, sometimes it is too late . . .

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