Reptile breeding becomes an interest of almost every long-term reptile owner. They have watched their pet go from baby to a mature adult and loved the experience. The next logical step is to watch their reptiles have their own offspring.
Reptile breeding comes with many challenges which you must be prepared to deal with. The first challenge is making sure you understand the requirements and likely outcome of breeding your pet reptile.
A great example of reptile breeding which can go terribly wrong quickly is with the python family of snakes. Imagine getting excited about breeding your Ball Python. You have worked out all the details. Worked through all the environmental challenges. Your female is ready and then it happens. She lays 30 to 50 eggs. You stand there dumbfounded. You go with the flow and start properly taking care of the eggs and success strikes. You now have 50 young ball pythons hatching in your home. What was an exciting adventure now is probably leading you to a feeling of panic?
This type of fact about reptile breeding being overlooked is one reason amateurs get themselves in trouble. You must make sure you understand the full cycle of events from starting the cycles all the way through to how you plan to deal with the babies. In the above case, you would have wanted to line up pet stores and other enthusiasts who were anxious to have baby ball pythons. Keeping a couple for yourself might be fun, but having a full clutch of 30 to 50 eggs hatch could be disastrous without a plan.
Reptile breeding of lizards often is a little safer with many species only laying a couple eggs at a time.
The biggest challenge in any reptile breeding programs is not going to be in the end stages, though. The challenge is found in meeting all the environmental requirements to get your reptiles into their breeding cycle. This usually includes changing amounts of time with lights on, varying humidity, and changing their feeding amounts or type. They respond to the stimuli nature would have given them in the wild to indicate the safest time for breeding had arrived. You will need to study the needs of your particular species of reptile to learn the cycle.
When you start considering breeding reptiles you need to understand this is not a decision you make today and it happens in a week. Many of these environmental changes must be done over a matter of weeks or months to simulate the changes in nature. Be prepared for making an effort over a longer period of time for successful breeding.
As you do your homework on breeding your reptiles make sure you research how to deal with the hatchlings. You may need to move them to a separate cage if they are considered prey by the parents. The good news, reptile breeding is not difficult if you take the time to do a little research on your species. It is only when you try to do it blindly you will run into problems.