Miracle, Magic & Mystery
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December 31, 2021 at 4:45 am #29588
Where do I begin?!
I’m a reptile lover and owner of several critters.
My almost 7-year old virgin female crested gecko, Rango, has miraculously laid two batches of fertile eggs.
It was the day after Christmas, the 26th of December 2021. I was prepping and cleaning out the coco bedding of my enclosures, and while working my way through lifting out the old bedding, out pops a live hatchling, with some shed stuck on his tiny feet. I found its egg & two other fat pearly whites that seem to be of the same clutch considering their size. It was indeed a Christmas miracle.
ABOUT THE MOM:
My female crestie Rango, has been on her own since I’ve had her.
I got her as a birthday gift in March 2015, as a 3-month old baby crestie. She has been in her own Terrarium (1m wide x 65cm high x 60cm wide) ever since, and has had no contact with a male.
She always lays beautiful pearly whites, but they have been duds, every time, until now.
THE MIRACLE CRITTERS:
Two batches have been laid, with 2 fertile eggs in each clutch:
1 egg x was mummified and moldy when I discovered it in Rango’s coco bedding.
2 eggs (Magic & Mystery) x are incubated and still developing, I have candled them and there are for sure babies on their way. We can only wait, to see if they hatch.
1 hatchling (Miracle) x is a live baby with similar colours as Rango, but a white patterned tail, white lipstick and lighter toes, but this could change as it gets older.
MY GUESS OF A THEORY:
Rango could have gone into ‘survival mode’ for some reason and decided that she does not need a man in her life to make offspring, so she did it herself, even though a secret boyfriend sneaking around sounds more believable, however this is not the case.
I thought I’d document and share this, as I have not read or found information regarding this topic particularly highlighting Crested Geckos, in books or forums. If I could, I’d add more photos to show more context.Login/Register To Reply
December 31, 2021 at 8:20 am #29594
OMG, that’s fascinating! It is certainly not unheard of though. Here is a great Youtube link that explains it well.
December 31, 2021 at 10:28 am #29595
Thank you so much for sharing, I had no idea it was possible until now.
A close-up of the baby, just for interest.
- This reply was modified 11 months ago by Dantheman.