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    My red Lothario managed to tear the mesh from the inside of his cage lid (split fish tank into two cages) and I found him in my female's side this morning. They weren't together but were perched right next to each other. I put him back in his cage (after repairing the lid) and I could swear he's sulking! He immediately tried to jump out and into the female's cage when I opened the lid to service the tank tonight.

    I wasn't planning to breed them but now that they've been together for most of overnight, is it likely that they could have mated? How long do breeders normally leave the female and male together?

    And yes I'm sure some people might say "why don't you just keep two females in that cage?" Well, months ago I bought a gecko that the breeder told me was female. A couple of months later and HE dropped his package. The rest of my geckos are all male except for the young unsexed hatchlings.

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    Considering they are quite opportunistic breeders, I would guess they did the deed at some point during their time together haha
    I have not bred geckos thus far but I have read of geckos breeding within minutes of introduction.
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    They certainly could have bred. It doesn't mean that you are definately going to get viable eggs. It will depend on where she was in her cycle and whether or not she retains sperm. Breeders keep pairs together for a week or more. This time period gives no evidence as to whether or not your girl is gravid now.

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    She can definitely store sperm! I bought Ghost last fall from a breeder who had been using her for breeding. About 3 months after I got her, she started laying eggs. 4 clutches were fertile. She definitely wasn't with any of my males. Her last clutch was laid in May, that clutch was sterile. She hasn't laid since. In the past week I've noticed she's looking more plump, but maybe that's my imagination.

    I am guessing if they mated they might produce interesting babies, at least. Rufus is deep red/orange with (I think) super dalmatian spots. They look like big blobs rather than spots. She's buckskin (pale greenish brown) with dalmatian spots. Both have big heads, and he has huge crests. I'm not familiar with crested gecko genetics, but maybe they'd produce red babies? Her previous babies were all harlequins.

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    I would keep them separate unless you want babies from the pair. While a "one night stand" might very well produce offspring, some females don't accept males right away, and some inexperienced males are too shy to press their luck.
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