How to Bread Crusted Geckos!

If you are looking for info on how to bread eyelash crusted geckos, today’s the day to learn everything u need to no!

Theres arite way and rong way too do it. Breading crusted not like lepard geico’s, they stay moist an not to hot.

You need male or female geicos.

Yellow Flame Crested Gecko

Yallo hariquin geico

If they related, they will still have babys! This is called inbreading and its very bad!

The pregnet geico is called graved. Females get graved. Males have buglies, that’s how you tell males when you sext them.

Breading suplise you need are a laid box for laiding the egs and a box to hach the egs and a box to keep babys in. Very cheep an dont coast much.

The just station time for the egs is abut to or 3 months so check on them!

Crusted gecko babys can get loos so be carful. Your spoost to sepret them from parent who can et them. Cannabils. Also tail dont go back on an no tri glue it dont work.

Wait do they eat? Careing for babys is like adults, they need food. Use paper toels so babys dont get impacked. Give food in small bowels and they can eat with there tounge. So cool!

You can feed cricuts but not eelworms. Otherwise get poo problums.

This works on all the crusted morphs like pine striped, tiggers, hariquin and try colored and dalmation spotes. An all collars like oringe, yallo an rad.

Are captive breaded geicos can bite! Gentle handle.

Next time we tell about euromatics breading!!!

Building a Uromastyx Garden Part 4: Sit & Wait

It’s been hot, dry & windy, and we’ve learned some stuff about planting things.

Transplants on a slope don’t work so well. The water drains really quickly, hillsides erode and roots become exposed. Best to plant seeds or put a trailing plant at the top of the hill and let the runners grow down.

Plants from seeds seem to be better adapted than transplants. Their roots probably grow deeper in.

Some seeds grow well in the shelter of a nurse plant; a lot of the mixed salad greens we scattered have appeared growing next to some of the transplants.

Cinder block walls reflect heat onto the nearby plants, making it hostile territory.

Our clay soil gets baked by the sun during the day, perfect for our intended inhabitants but not so pretty as a traditional backyard garden.

Bermuda grass will never die.

Here are some before an after pics. We hauled in a felled tree from our front yard to add visual interest and a climbing spot for the Egyptian Uromastyx.


Reptile Garden Backyard Remodel

Contoured bare ground

Early Plantings

Backyard Reptile Garden

Adding plants

Established Growth

Backyard Desert Reptile Enclosure

Plants grown in from seeds & transplants

Outdoor Uromastyx Enclosure

Some plants like it hot, others not

Lots of new growth in some areas

Desert Plants for Tortoises

Desert plants growing well

Reflected Heat from Wall Stresses Plants

Block wall reflects heat that "cooks" some plants

The last step before obtaining our new friends is wire fencing to enclose the space. This will keep the reptiles in and other animals out.

Building a Uromastyx Garden Part 3: Add Plants

Once we had the yard dug up, it was time to add visual appeal: the garden plants!

Uromastyx Safe Plants

Mexican Blue Sage, Desert Marigold, Red Yarrow, Rock Verbena, Dwarf Blue Ruellia, Indian Mallow, Cobalt Sage, Prostrate Germander, Tagetes. Back row: Feather Grass, Blue Fescue

After doing a little more research we decided to ditch the type of Tagetes (French Marigolds) as sometimes the leaves can be irritating, so that will go in our front garden.

We already had 2 hibiscus, a globemallow and some tarragon planted when we went to the Desert Botanical Garden’s Spring Plant Sale, where we got the above plants. We also got a few smaller herbs from the “rescue” bargain bin: more sages, a Brilliant geranium, wormwood and English lavender. And a pineapple mint for myself. :)

Then a trip to Home Depot netted us some more verbena and a bunch of succulents: Echevaria azulita, Zanzibar aloe, Portulacaria afra ‘variegata’ cv, Sedeveria hybrid, Echeveria mazarine, Echevaria ‘perle von nurnberg’ cv.

Safe desert plants for Uromastyx

Installing the new plants!

Desert plants and succulents for Uromastyx

Desert plants and succulents

Uromastyx Garden Plants

More desert plants, sub-tropicals and succulents

The hibiscus are looking kind of sad and yellow, but I think it’s mostly from the stress of transplanting. If they don’t do well, we’ll pot them up and relocate them.

Globemallow, an Arizona native plant

Globemallow, a favorite of Desert Tortoises

Geranium, verbena, echeveria, sage (salvia)

Geranium, verbena, echeveria, sage

Blue fescue grass for tortoises & Uromastyx

Blue fescue grass, a tortoise favorite

Aloe, a desert subtropical plant

Newly transplanted aloe, parent and pups

We also seeded the following greens, wildflowers and shrubs, most of which are tortoise favorites or other edible plants:

Nastursiums (Tropaeolum majus)
Germander (Teucrium laciniatum)
Borage (Borago officinalis) *
Sweet Mignonette (Reseda odorata) *
Lamb’s lettuce / mache / corn salad (Valerianella locusta)
Orach (Atriplex hortensis) *
Miner’s lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)
Garden Cress (Lepidium sativum)
Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba minor)
German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) *
Bergamot/Bee Balm (Monarda spp)
Yellow Evening Primrose (Oenothera hookeri)
Missouri Evening Primrose (Oenothera missouriensis)
Mexican Evening Primrose (Oenothera berlandieri)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Chia (Salvia hispanica)
Drummond’s Phlox (Phlox drummondii)
Purple Aster (Aster bigelovii)
Flower-of-an-Hour (Hibiscus trionum)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Zinnia (Zinnia spp)
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)
Sweet Annie (Artemisia annua) *

* denotes a Uromastyx native plant substitute

Only a few sprouts so far, but we’ll reseed again in a week and then followup in the fall for better germination of the cool season plants. We’ll post more later as the garden grows!

Building a Uromastyx Garden Part 2: The Dig

We had a modification in the plans for our Uromastyx garden based on sun exposure, the side yard would not get enough basking lot during the day so we decided to swap the dog play area with the Uromastyx play area.

The first step was to dig up about 4-6 inches of the soil and place natural mineral amendments to the soil. That was a lot of work, so we hired some help but managed to do quite a bit ourselves.

Uromastyx garden remodel: digging up soil

Yard remodel: digging up soil

Uromastyx garden remodel: digging up soil

Side yard dug up

Separating the back and side yard will be a wire mesh fence attached to wooden fence posts. A trench is dug in and filled with river rock to discourage Uros digging under the fence. This is something we’ll be monitoring for effectiveness; we may put a visual barrier up if they try to dig to the other side.

Fence trench

Fence trench

Trench lined with river rock

Fence trench filled with river rock

The next step was contouring the landscape, giving high basking spots and low “stream bed” like areas to offer an area for humid retreats. There is some flat space available on the left as well.

Landscape contouring, hills, swales and flat ground

Landscape contouring: hills, basking spots, stream beds, flat space

Landscaping contours

Contouring: hills and valleys

Next we prep the soil with amendments like epsom salts, boron and lots of gypsum.

Soil amendments: gypsum, boron & epsom salts

Prepping the soil for good plant growth

Soil conditioners and trace minerals

Soil prep: Adding trace minerals and soil conditioners

Next comes adding plants… stay tuned!

The first 2011 Crested Geckos hatch!

The eggs that Li’l Piggins laid on Xmas hatched on St. Patrick’s day!

Meet McJingles and Jolly Pat!

Crested gecko hatching head first

McJingles popping out of the egg

Crested gecko hatchling in incubator

McJingles exploring the incubator

Newly hatched crested gecko, partial pinstripe

Jolly Pat looking fancy with the stuck SuperHatch

Baby crested gecko sitting on hand

Jolly Pat, tiny partial pinstripe hatchling

Their parents are Li’l Piggins and Abraxas.

Lavender & orange harley crested gecko

Li'l Piggins, lavender & orange harlequin

Lavender full pinstripe crested gecko

Abraxas, lavender full pinstripe

We have 2 more clutches, and can’t wait to see how the next babies compare! They are part of our Lavender Pinstripe project, and seems to have produced one flame, possible harlequin and one partial pin so far. Considering Piggs has no pinstriping, it’s interesting to see how strong the pinstripe gene is.

Help! Gecko not eating!

How often do you hear a new gecko owner lament that their crested gecko isn’t eating? I think it’s the number one plea for help in reptile forums. That and questions on morph and why “he’s not sticky”. Some people may be having problems getting them to switch to CGD instead of baby food, or have a gecko that loves crickets but doesn’t seem to be thrilled about the powdered diet.

Hopefully our new “not eating” guide under the Feeding FAQ well help some new folks out!

Herpetology Field Course in Portal, Arizona

The Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) is offering a 10-day course in Field Herpetology this summer. From July 24 to August 3 2011, participants will study taxonomy, ecology and field identification. No private collection permitted at this event.

See the SWRS website for an application; the course is geared towards students, conservation biologists, and others with a background in biology. Fee is $1300 and includes course, lectures, field trips, labs as well as room and board. Trasnportation fees to the Station not included.

Portal, AZ is located in Southeastern Arizona near the New Mexico border.

Building a Uromastyx Garden Part 1: Design

Here in Arizona, we have a very short Winter period and our Spring comes early. We want to remodel our backyard to be Uromastyx-friendly, including plants that are safe to eat as part of their daily forage.

Currently, we are feeding the standard fare of Spring Mix salad, endive, arugula and bok choy with occasional mixed vegetables and seeds. Lately we’ve also been including edible weeds that are cropping up: mallow “cheeseweed”, burr clover and of course young dandelions. We’ve decided that’s not enough variety!

Here are some designs we’ve put together using Google Sketch-Up, a free 3D modeling and design tool. Currently we have a gravel/bare dirt landscaping with some plants that will need to be pulled out; dangerous oleanders and prickly bougainvillea. In their place we’ll have raised beds of annuals and edible shrubs. If all goes to plan it should end up looking like this:

Backyard Uromastyx Enclosure

Backyard Uromastyx Enclosure

Raised Beds for Outdoor Uromastyx Enclosure

Raised Beds for Uromastyx Enclosure

Basking Spots and Edible Plants for Uromastyx

Side Yard with Gate Separating Two Areas

It will be divided up with the side yard devoted to basking areas and edible plants. The front portion will be raised beds and a grass-alternative ground cover such as dutch clover or sainfoin. The dogs can play in this area during the day. We’re not sure if we’ll be putting in a cement walkway to the side yard or just use flagstone or brick pavers.

We’ve already bought some seeds! California Poppy, Drummond’s Phlox, Purple Aster, Flower-of-an-Hour, Purple Coneflower (Echinacea), Nasturtiums, Borage, other herbs, greens and much more! In a few weeks, more hibiscus varieties will be available in the local nursery and we’ll plant those in the side yard, which already houses our compost bin and young orange tree.

We’ll post pictures when we start “breaking ground”!

Stop the Python Ban!

Please take a mere 30 seconds to send an e-mail to your local Senators and tell them to NOT support S373 – the illusive “Python Ban”. It goes farther than just affecting so-called “harmful” snakes. The United States Association of Reptile Keepers states:

Please oppose S373 aka ‘The Python Ban’. It would by pass the accepted USFWS process for amending the Lacey Act and legislatively add 9 species of boas and pythons to the Injurious Wildlife list. If passed as written it would threaten a viable US industry producing high quality captive bred reptiles for hobbyists, research, zoos, TV & film, museums and fashion industry. The USGS report being used as justification for these draconian measures has been characterized by independent scientists as “unscientific” and “not suitable as the basis for legislative or regulatory policies”. Three independent studies have been published in 2010 that contradict the USGS report. I appreciate the difficulties Burmese Pythons may pose to South Florida, but it is a problem that is endemic only to South Florida and should be dealt with at the state level.

[Emphasis added]

Please read more at USARK and take a few moments to tell your Senators you are opposed to S373.