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The ABCs Of Bearded Dragon Breeding

Considering the great color variations, gentle demeanor and easy caring needs the bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) make great pets. If  they will reach their reproductive stage, bearded dragon breeding can be a lucrative endeavor too because they are prolific and the demand for these animals is fast rising.

For one to be able to achieve success in bearded dragon breeding there are a few steps that an individual hobbyist can take:

1. Bearded dragon breeding starts with the right selection of the progenitors or the parents. It is good to start with juveniles. The process will take about two years for these to reach the size of about two feet, while the ideal breeding size is about four feet.

2. It is quite advantageous to select responsive baby beardies, larger than the rest of the batch, with wide open eyes, no scratches, and with no signs of infection like presence of mucous in the nostrils.

3. Sex can be determined based on the presence of an indentation or protrusion in the center of the tail base. It is important to know that males have indentations because of its hemipenes which is its penis but only appears when mating. Female can be seen with protrusions. It is harder to determine sex of  juveniles when less than three months.

4. Keep the male and female bearded dragons in separate vivaria until they are about to mate. Introduce them briefly then let the male move in when ready for breeding. When the time comes that the female already has an expanded abdomen, which means she will be laying eggs, it is time to transfer the male back to his cage. This is because when breeding is constantly done without resting, the reproductive potential decreases.

5. It is helpful to lower the temperature slightly to mimic winter to stimulate the bearded dragons to mate.

6. The female bearded dragons are adapted to carry so much sperms in their bodies for several months. Eggs are laid in batches or clutches of about 20 to 30 eggs. For the laying of eggs what the female does is to dig into the ground for nesting; so, prepare a 2 ft x 2 ft square box filled with damp mixture of potting soil and sand for the laying.

7. Spoon the eggs and transfer in an incubator with a temperature ranging from 80 to 84F or 27 to 29C and a humidity of 50 percent. It takes as long as 60 to 70 days for the eggs to hatch.

Learning the basics is quite important when wanting to start with bearded dragon breeding  to ensure success.

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