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Posted by LeosAnonymous on May 08, 2003 at 17:28:08:
In Reply to: You would think... posted by the lizard lady on May 08, 2003 at 17:09:56:
I'm sure there are extreme temperature fluctuations in the wild... and that is probably one of the reasons that the vast majority of eggs laid in the wild do not hatch.
I'm my captive breeding efforts I'm trying to get as close to 100% hatch rate as possible. Leopard gecko eggs, as well as the leopard geckos themselves, receive much better all around care in captivity than they do in the wild.
Just think about survival rates... around 85-90% of my eggs hatch , and of those that hatch almost all of them grow up to be healthy adult geckos. In the wild I'd be willing to bet that a fertile egg has a low chance of actually hatching, and if it did manage to hatch I'd bet that more than 90% of those hatchlings dont live to see adulthood.
I just think the "it works in the wild" approach should be taken into consideration when striving for perfection. If we are able to give our geckos better conditions in captivity than they would receive in the wild, thus increasing hatch rates and overall survival rates, I'm all for it.
-Ross Payan - www.LeosAnonymous.com