How to Breed Leopard Geckos





Introduction: How to Breed Leopard Geckos

To breed leopard geckos you will need a few things to be successful

-First of course will be at least 1 male Leopard gecko and 1-4 female leopard geckos

-You will also need a 10 gallon tank to keep the male in

-Also a 20-30 gallon tank to keep the females in

-A heat mat to heat the cages

-For the female cage you will need a laying box. A plastic sterilite shoebox will work well with a hole cut in the top filled with damp peat moss.

Step 1: Getting the Geckos to the Proper Size to Breed

Leopard geckos should be around 50-75 grams to be able to breed. Some will be much larger, but this is the recommended minimum.

Step 2: Introducing the Male

To introduce the male you need to be cautious of a few things. Normally introducing a male into an established female tank doesn't cause any problems but  you need to be concerned with aggression either way. A little biting is OK and should not be worried about but if you start to realize injred geckos separate them to avoid further problems.

Step 3: Checking for Eggs

Periodically check the box after a few weeks for eggs. You need to make sure to get to the eggs quickly because they can eventually dry out.

Step 4: Removing the Eggs

When removing the eggs you want to try to make sure to not turn the eggs over because depending on how long they've been there you could potentially kill them. Move them to a proper incubation container, deli cups work well. Fill the cups with moist vermiculite. You want the vermiculite to be moist but not too wet.

Tip: It helps to draw a mark on the eggs while they are still in the lay box so you know which side is up.

Step 5: Incubation and Hatching

You will want to incubate the eggs in either a commercial reptile incubator or a homemade incubator. Homemade incubators are cheaper but you will compromise your success. Reptile incubators can be found online for as little as $30.

When incubating you can determine the sex of the geckos by what temperature you incubate at.

79-82 degrees for females

84-89 for males

Don't raise the temperature too high because you run the risk of getting something called "hot" females which are normally very aggressive and will not breed.

After about six weeks your eggs should hatch.

Step 6: Results

If you've followed all of the steps you should now have baby leopard geckos. A female will lay on average 2 eggs at a time several times over a 1 month period, a good female can produce anywher from 2-20 eggs in a single season. Before you start breeding make sure you have the proper fungs and supplies to feed and house this many geckos. Good Luck!



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1 Questions

Just curious. Why can you leave the male and female together all the time, not just when breeding

I wouldn't recommend it, leaving a male and female together permanently can stress either or both geckos out. Males will almost always want to breed with the female. Females can become territorial and aggressive towards the male. Leopard geckos are best kept in their own enclosures unless they are temporarily moved for breeding.


Instead of using vermiculite, can you use cotton balls? :/

will they be ok in moss instead of vermic

I just recently got started getting in leopard geckos. I started with my small male named gringo. he's a high yellow leo. then I got a female named aphrodite which is a lavender:) haha then I decided to get 3 more which came with a breeder rack. I was told 2 females and 1 male. I have my male named sobe which is a boldbell he's pretty big. then my female innova which us I think a red stripe, and I have a mack snow which I thought was a female but turned out to be a male ;( sobe found out for me and nipped him... then yesterday I just happened to get 2 more females for free XD Darla and peach.
I had no idea that innova was carrying eggs. I was wondering how long does it take for females to lay? :)

oh and check the box after a few weeks when you have mated them


Could you add a bit more to determining the sex of the geckos by what temperature you incubate at?


it is 79-82 degrees for females and 84-89 degrees for males

Incubation at 80-85 degrees will be females, while above 90 will give you males. This is not a guarantee, but It's something most breeders use.

Interesting article, it's always nice to see the hatchlings begin to develop, even if it leads to a lot of skin shedding!

I woke up this morning to find My gekos laid eggs and I was unprepared for it because I was told the there both male. She laid them in her water bowl. I carefully removed them and laid them in a cup with bamp moss. Is that ok until I can get vermiculite? Also I have no clue how long they had been under water and now they look like the are suck togather. Will they be ok?