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Reptiles/Leopard Gecko mating


I have a situation. I have two 17 month old Bandits. The female is ovulating, and when they are together she sits patiently with her tail lifted while he attempts to mate. He is not hurting her but it seems like he is just not getting it right. They have been attempting now for a few hours. Should I just leave them alone over night, or separate them? They seem anxious to breed, but he just can't seem to get in the correct position, if you know what I mean. I don't want to stress the female with an inexperienced male.

Hello Sally,

You can leave them in the same tank together for a few days as long as they are not stressed or hurting each other, that will be fine.
They are of the correct age, for the most part.  If it appears he isn't able to quite get the hang of it, maybe wait a few more months.  Sometimes the younger ones are not quite physically mature enough.  :-)

I am sure they are both very pretty, do you have any pictures of them?



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I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.


I have been working with bearded dragons for over 5 years now, as well as leopard geckos, too. I am currently doing rescues, as well. I hope to be able to educate people prior to them purchasing an exotic pet in order to avoid any health crisis with them.

I have a master's degree in sports medicine & physiology, & 1 year of vet tech schooling, & am currently working on a reptile certification through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

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