Spring is here, even in this rainy season. This is the ideal time to breed your reptiles in captivity.
Our advice for a successful reproduction
Why in spring?
In reptiles, the ideal breeding period is after a hibernation phase in winter. At the end of this period, they can be quite difficult to manage and mating in captivity can be complicated. In principle, the cold will have had the effect of reducing the animals’ metabolism, allowing them not to lose weight. But if this is the case, it is obviously necessary to think about feeding them.
Tip 1: If they refuse to eat, it may be wiser to mate directly, as it is this very phenomenon that leads them to refuse to eat. The female is bothered by her unfertilized oocytes and the male feels an irrepressible need to fertilize before he can touch the food again.
The presentation phase before the reproduction phase
The presentation of breeders must be carefully monitored, as each species does not react in the same way. Most of the time, it is the female that must be transferred to the male’s dressing room.
Tip 2: Moulting is the ideal time to do so because pheromones are more noticeable, at this moment, through the skin.
Tip 3: It is important to know each species well before putting them in each other’s presence. In some chameleons, for example, the presence of the female may cause stress that would cause the male to become more aggressive.