This little baby just hatched tonight from an egg I found in my “single ladies” community tank. There is one female, Luna, in there that I retired back in March/April (approximate) that I found out was much older and I didn’t want to push her to breed into an unhealthy age. Before retiring, she was paired with my male, Dread Gecko Roberts, who is from Darkside Geckos and one of our family favorites for his high contrast, blue-green undertones when fired-down, ink spots, and his sweet demeanor.
I found two eggs at random in the single ladies tank at the end of July, one was definitely a dud and had collapsed, but this one looked viable!
I wish I had taken photos of it right out of the egg because it was so dark and I could not yet see these ink blots!
Let me know your thoughts, I took the pictures as best as I could with my phone, so the quality is not great. I cannot think of anything medically that would make such markings and the baby is active and responsive, so I don’t think there is anything wrong with it.
Probable parent pictures included.
Looks like a cluster of inkblots to me. However it’s eyes look very dark, are they red? If so it might have eye issues, if not red then it might just be dark eyes.
Might know more when a little bigger, esp with spots
Cresties can hold sperm for up to 2 years.
Yes the eyes are a little dark, but also poor lighting in my husband’s office where I was busy prepping for my first show when this hatched.
Dad is very handsome! Love his eyes and contrast.
He is so dark! With like gold crest!
Dark Cresties are my favourite but I love crests being a different colour. I hope to produce some with the different colour crests & eyelashes
His got awesome orange eyelashes to go with the crests
As said it’s a cluster of spots
A nice partial pin too!
How old is your female? Wondering as they don’t actually ‘retire’ in the wild. They keep on breeding until they pass x
Really? I do thought it was 2 years lol
No up to 3.
But Big Mama held for just over 3 when she was with Kaneki!
I don’t have an exact year of birth from the breeder (there were some issues with communication and I finally gave up trying), my best estimate is that she was born somewhere around 2012-2014 based off pictures from the breeder’s facebook page. I have enough females so I figured I would stop trying to breed her - especially since she started producing only one egg at a time.
That being said, this baby makes me want to pull her from the single ladies cage and put her back with my male!
Oh right I see.
1 egg would be as she’s getting older I assume, but then again I will randomly get 1 egg from my girls who are young. So I wouldn’t really say that’s why 1 egg as can just happen. But she’s a beaut! In the wild they will keep laying until they die, so 15/20 years old. So when I see people saying they’re retiring have got to ask the age!
My oldest girl is 7/8 now and is the best layer I have, she’s just so routine about it! Usually last to lay at the end of the season too, she goes an extra month. Also never drops weight bad, and always a chunk! So I know she probably won’t ever stop.
Plus the last male she was with, she held sperm for over 3 years. So if I were to stop pairing her now she’d still lay until she’s 10/11.
Makes her seem ‘old’ then haha.
Maybe I will keep her going. Especially if she keeps laying!
I’d say she might have a few years left in her, although as she was paired earlier this year and has only produced one egg this year, surely that’s a sign she is getting ready to retire.
If it was my gecko, I’d consider seeing if she drops any more eggs and seeing how they develop as well as how she handles the process before I’d consider continuing to breed her, esp if she holds the sperm for 3 more years. It could take a lot out of her which is why she only laid one so far.
Exactly, I dont need the eggs abd this was a good surprise. I’m okay with her living it up in comfort for the rest of her days.