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    I'm looking into very prolific and relatively small gecko species that I'll use for feeders. I've heard good things about pictus and madagascar ground geckos, and was thinking about using house geckos. I don't know much about gecko species outside of rhacs so I thought I'd ask you guys and gals what you think. Thanks in advance!
    -Marina York-


    4.3.1 Rhacodactylus ciliatus
    0.0.1 Rhacodactylus chahoua
    0.0.1 Rhacodactylus leachianus leachianus (B)
    1.0.0 ball python
    0.1.0 BCI
    0.2.0 leopard geckos

  • #2
    I heard that pictus are the most prolific of the 3 you mentioned. I have not read it myself, but it was a good source. Around here it is easier to get house and Mediterranean geckos though.
    "Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight;
    You gotta kick at the darkness 'till it bleeds daylight....."
    --Bare Naked Ladies

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    • #3
      ya Id agree on pictus, they lay like weekly or bi-weekly i heard! what are you feeding them too?

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      • #4
        I'd be feeding them to young leachianus (and probably adults once they reach that point) and adult cresteds. I don't have a leachie yet but I've spoken with a few breeders who have told me that feeding geckos other geckos has a great effect on their development. So.... I figured I'd give it a shot! My cresteds love live food and I'm not allowed to have a roach colony. I already have geckos so there isn't any reason why I can't have more!! :wink:
        -Marina York-


        4.3.1 Rhacodactylus ciliatus
        0.0.1 Rhacodactylus chahoua
        0.0.1 Rhacodactylus leachianus leachianus (B)
        1.0.0 ball python
        0.1.0 BCI
        0.2.0 leopard geckos

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        • #5
          pictus are so cute though how much are they? how come u dont ask the breeders what types of lizards they use? might help a lot with it. not to sound cruel.. but if you haev a sick weak or deformed or w/e crested hatchling.. maybe feeding taht to ur leachie would be good. since theyre both form the same habitat and all

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          • #6
            I have asked the breeders. That's where I came up with the list of options :wink: . I added house geckos on my own but I was told by a breeder that his leachianus hatchlings are nearly doubled in size by the age of two months when he feeds geckos (pictus, madagascar, and weak cresteds) and only grow slightly on bugs (when they decide to eat bugs and I guess often times they won't). Feeding crested hatchlings to the larger rhacs isn't unheard of according to the breeders I've spoken with, especially when they have physical deformities and even if they're low quality as far as structure and color. I don't think I'd ever be able to feed off any healthy cresteds but I don't think of it as cruel.
            -Marina York-


            4.3.1 Rhacodactylus ciliatus
            0.0.1 Rhacodactylus chahoua
            0.0.1 Rhacodactylus leachianus leachianus (B)
            1.0.0 ball python
            0.1.0 BCI
            0.2.0 leopard geckos

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            • #7
              Mediterranean geckos, and Morning geckos

              Mediterranean geckos, and Morning geckos are small and breed like wild fire. Best part about the morning geckos is that you dont even need a male for them to reproduce.

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              • #8
                Re: Mediterranean geckos, and Morning geckos

                Originally posted by ArborealsEtc
                Mediterranean geckos, and Morning geckos are small and breed like wild fire. Best part about the morning geckos is that you dont even need a male for them to reproduce.
                whoa explain that one to me. are they asexual or immuclate conception?
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                • #9
                  Re: Mediterranean geckos, and Morning geckos

                  Originally posted by ArborealsEtc
                  Mediterranean geckos, and Morning geckos are small and breed like wild fire. Best part about the morning geckos is that you dont even need a male for them to reproduce.
                  Hmmmmmm.....................I've never heard of that!?!
                  Its geckolicious!
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                  • #10
                    They can probably reproduce by parthogenesis. No male required, although in some species it has to be triggered by copulation, even if no fertilization takes place.
                    "Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight;
                    You gotta kick at the darkness 'till it bleeds daylight....."
                    --Bare Naked Ladies

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                    • #11
                      I dont know how they do it?

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                      • #12
                        I'm quite sure that RangerGrrl has it right. I've heard that they don't reproduce very quickly though. So did I hear wrong and they do reproduce quickly? That would be an awesome feeder!
                        -Marina York-


                        4.3.1 Rhacodactylus ciliatus
                        0.0.1 Rhacodactylus chahoua
                        0.0.1 Rhacodactylus leachianus leachianus (B)
                        1.0.0 ball python
                        0.1.0 BCI
                        0.2.0 leopard geckos

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                        • #13
                          Its called parthenogenesis. There are quite a few lizards that do it. The weird thing is the babies are genetic clones of the adult. The only genetic variation that occurs is random mutations so like one out of every 40.000 or so is slightly different than the line they originated from.

                          OOps I just saw that Rangergrl wrote the same thing.

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                          • #14
                            Do you know what their reproduction rate is like? I know that Anthony Caponetto is breeding them but he makes it sound like they're hard to breed or that they don't produce good numbers of offspring.
                            -Marina York-


                            4.3.1 Rhacodactylus ciliatus
                            0.0.1 Rhacodactylus chahoua
                            0.0.1 Rhacodactylus leachianus leachianus (B)
                            1.0.0 ball python
                            0.1.0 BCI
                            0.2.0 leopard geckos

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                            • #15
                              AWWW, I used to havea pictus gecko (I think they are also called Madascan ground geckos) and he was so cool but then I found rhacs and so I gave him to my best friend. I couldn't imagine feeding a gecko that cool to another gecko (to me it sounds kinda like cannabalism). But I guess you gotto do what you gotto do.

                              Morning geckos are so cool they are kind see through I want to find a female but can't. And yes they do reproduce as Rangergirl said.
                              Derek Dunlop
                              DDReptiles
                              www.DDReptiles.net
                              Croc's Rule- Steve Irwin

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