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Posted by GECKOS UNLIMITED on November 01, 2002 at 19:04:00:
In Reply to: Do yours have any time to rest up and not breed? >> posted by Silly-atus fan on November 01, 2002 at 14:51:21:
"Excessive" is a relative term. My females lay every few weeks and are able to rest for at least two months. I work with numerous Australian species that have to be cooled for, on average, about two months. So, my entire collection gets cooled (65-70 degrees F during the day and 60-65 at night)for an extended period of time. All of my females seize producing for that period. Photoperiod, feeding, and misting are adjusted accordingly during this period. Like I said in my earlier post, I have never lost ANY of my females due to hypocalcemia. That applies to my entire collection in over 13 years of keeping and breeding geckos. I have had a few problems with Teratolepis fasciata since some of my females lay every seven days! Often times, I have to remove the male and give the female a few doses of NeoCal. Also, unlike most Rhacodactylus breeders, my Rhacs are fed crickets three times weekly and other (baby food, mashed fruit, etc.) twice weekly. I gut-load the crickets with a plethora of important ingredients, and I think that my success, along with the NeoCal, can be attributed to this gut-loading practice. I appreciate your concern, but please understand that I would never do anything to jeopardize the health of my geckos.