Breeding

Breeding

Breeding can be violent, and the females often get small wounds from the male when he try to get a hold of her.

The male will bite the female in the neck when they mate, and even you often won't see the mating, you can very often see the bite marks.

 

Its important that the female is in good health and of a good weight before breeding should be tried. It takes alot of energy for a female to produce the eggs so often if a female is not in good shape she wont produce any eggs.

 

My females normally produce their first cluch of eggs when they are 18-22 month old. Normally the first cluch is infertile, which is normal for fiji iguanas. The first fertile clutch is normally when the females are around 24 month old. Egg laying can occur throughout the year.

When the female is ready to lay her eggs she will stop eating a few days before its time to lay. She will test dig around the cage until she feels comfortable with a spot.

Some females produce eggs 1 time a year while others produce 2-3 times a year. My oldest female used to produce eggs 2-3 times a year, until she was 12 years old. She has now stopped producing eggs, and just enjoy old age.

 

A normal cluch size is 3-6 eggs.

My incubation boxes are just some normal food storage boxes of a size that fit in my incubators.

I learned this trick with using plastic wrap( the kind for food) over the boxes from a monitor breeder from Australia.The lid do not touch the plastic wrap, and 6 holes are made in the lid to allow air to get in and out. It work very well at keeping humidity inside and letting oxygen into the box.

As incubation substrate I use vermiculite mixed with water at a ratio 1:1 by weight.

At a incubation temp. around 28-29c the babies will hatch after 125-150 days.

 

 

Here the eggs are transfered into the incubation box and ready to go into the incubator.

The eggs are burried half way into the substrate, this way it easy to keep an eye on them to see if the incubation substrate needs extra water. If the eggs start to look like they need water, then dont add water onto the eggs, instead add a little water in the sides of the incubation box.

After about 130-150 days the babies should start to hatch( Info on how to raise the babies is on the sub page ).

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