Love isn't in the air... What to do?

Discussion in 'Anoles' started by Camillo, Jun 25, 2002.

  1. Camillo

    Camillo New Member

    Alright, I am looking to breeding my anoles. How do I get the settings right for them to be... in the mood?

    JEFFREH Administrator

  3. Axe

    Axe Well-Known Member

    Well, it's not too hard... the most difficult thing to do is to leave them alone, lol.

    You keep wanting to watch them, and see it happening, and yes, studying them is so much fun. But, providing all the correct care conditions are there, nature should take its course all by itself.

    The conditions for breeding are no different than those of simply keeping a lone anole. Give them something to lay their eggs in - we had a potting soil substrate in our anole tanks, so they just laid them right there - and make sure you mist at least once a day, preferably twice or more.

    As long as the soil stays slightly moist (not damp or soaked), the humidity's nice and high, there's plenty of heat & UVB, they're not too stressed out, and there's plenty of basking and hiding areas (foliage, rocks, etc.) all will happen in time :)

    But, remember though, as with all animals (and humans), not all animals are capable of reproduction. It's just as likely in the animal world that a female (or male) could be infertile. That's why it's usually best when first breeding animals to have several females with a male - and hopefully at least one female that has laid fertile eggs before.

    If you have a female that has laid fertile eggs in the past, you put her together with a male and she produces yet more fertile eggs, you know the male is fertile.

    If you put an unknown male and female together, and infertile eggs (or none at all) are produced, you don't know whether it's your male or your female.

    If you put a single male together with half a dozen females (providing the enclosure is big enough, and the conditions are right), and all females produce either infertile or no eggs, then there is a good chance the male may be incapable of impregnating a female (unless you know that male has produced fertile eggs with a female in the past).

    If the male is known to be fertile, and you're still getting no results, then you'll want to take a good look at your setup and check temperatures, humidity, etc... and make sure there's nothing stressing them out.

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