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What's the smallest male you've ever bred?
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Old 04-15-2021, 06:37 PM   #1
What's the smallest male you've ever bred?

Since males don't have to grow the eggs or go through the process of laying them, the breeding guidelines are less strict about what size your male should be. But I assume that males must go through some sort of puberty where they become interested in breeding. And I assume that their hemipenes have to grow big enough to actually be able to lock with a female. So what's the smallest male you've successfully bred?
Old 04-15-2021, 10:22 PM   #2
I'm sure there are people that have gone smaller as I've heard of one under a year old. For me it was an 18 month old (2019) this year that sired 2 clutches. I'd say he is 130-150 grams. I have another male (2018) that has bred the past two years and is on hoppers at just under 200g. When they are younger can take them a while to figure out what to do.

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Old 04-15-2021, 11:29 PM   #3
my smallest male was 11 month old, but it wasn't planed
Old 04-16-2021, 12:07 AM   #4
That's pretty small! He's beautiful though.
Old 04-17-2021, 09:52 AM   #5
About 200 grams is the smallest I have bred a male at.
Old 04-18-2021, 12:02 AM   #6
I think 200 is around the smallest I've bred a male, too. Just for curiosity, I put a very little guy (like 35 grams) in with an adult female (very closely supervised!) just to see if he would act any differently, and nope, definitely no breeding instinct at that size!
Old 04-20-2021, 12:27 PM   #7
Seriva Senkalora
I also have successfully bred a young male at 18 months with ~150grams to a big healthy female and she laid a clutch of 16 fertile eggs. All had hatched, so he really did the job.

It was funny to watch him trying to reach her head and the tail at once.

Old 04-20-2021, 01:58 PM   #8
Haha, that is a funny visual!
Old 04-25-2021, 07:30 PM   #9
100 grams is my smallest

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Old 04-25-2021, 07:38 PM   #10
100 grams is my smallest

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