Reproduction and growth of seven species of dwarf geckos, Sphaerodactylus (Gekkonidae), in captivity

  • Published source details Regalado R. (2006) Reproduction and growth of seven species of dwarf geckos, Sphaerodactylus (Gekkonidae), in captivity. Herpetological Review, 37, 13-20.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Lizards

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  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Lizards

    A replicated study in 1996–2001 in Florida, USA (Regalado 2006) found that seven species of dwarf gecko Sphaerodactylus spp. reproduced successfully in captivity. Twenty-six females from seven species produced an average of 3–9 eggs/year in their first year, and nine females from four species produced 5–12 eggs/year in their second year. Average incubation time for 74 clutches from seven species ranged from 63–86 days. Most individuals of all seven species survived for at least two years. In 1995–2001, geckos were acquired and housed individually or in male-female pairs in plastic containers (2 litres) with a substrate of soil and peat moss, small rocks, leaves and pine bark. Temperatures ranged from 24–33°C in April–October, and 14–23°C in November–March. Eggs were moved to individual plastic containers and placed on sterile soil and peat moss. Incubating eggs were exposed to the same seasonal variations in temperature.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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