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Thread: How I keep my female Leopard Geckos in breeding condition - Pics - May be graphic

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    "Pinkies" refer to newborn mice. Once they develop hair, they're "fuzzies", then they start moving around, becoming "hoppers". Finally mom kicks them out, making them "weanlings", and then adults.

    These aren't really technical terms, but rather are vernacular terms used in the reptile hobby for distinguishing sizes of feeder mice.

    Pinkies are usually bad food - extremely high in fat. However, yolk in eggs is also mostly fat, so females need to replenish it. Thus, elgecko feeds his females some high-fat pinkies so they don't get too scrawny from putting all their reserves into their eggs.

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    So the pinkies don't move? They just lay there? I suppose you have to buy them the day of the feeding. I've never seen this before. Very interesting.

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    Well they do move but yeah they are helpless. They can't really go anywhere. It's really sad but momma lizard has to eat, too.

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    It is kinda sad. But I guess you have to do what you have to do.

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    Mokele,
    Thanks for replying with such a good explaination for everyone here.

    I've been a little bad in feeding my females. The breeding does take a lot of energy for the female to produce the eggs. Some are looking a little thin. I also wanted to get some waxworms to help fatten them up some, but the pet store has been out for a while now.
    My mealworm cultures are not keeping up with all the hungry mouths. I need to buy 5000 more to start a few more cultures, plus spend the time and money to make a few changes that should get them to grow and multiple faster, some heat and light, instead of just sitting in the cold, dark garage.

    mhf,
    It is a little sad, and yes they are bought the day of the feeding.
    I only feed my females pinkies 3 times during the breeding season. 1 just before the season starts, 1 around the middle, and 1 just before the end of the season.


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    Quote Originally Posted by elgecko View Post
    I only feed my females pinkies 3 times during the breeding season. 1 just before the season starts, 1 around the middle, and 1 just before the end of the season.
    Steve,
    I'm curious about their metabolism ... how long in-between the feedings of the pinkies and do they eat anything else in that time (mealworms, etc)?
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    Once I feed them pinkies I usually wait 2 days before I feed them mealworms / crickets again.


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