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    Just wanted to share pictures of a couple Heteronotia binoei that recently hatched. These are a fun little terrestrial species to keep and breed. What's most interesting about these particular specimens is that they are parthenogenetic (only females), so it only takes one single gecko to produce fertile eggs.
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    Cool, I always think the pathogenic geckos are awesome Are they fairly easy to breed?

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    very nice! Thanks for posting! Congrats on the hatchlings, parthenogenic geckos are the greatest.
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    very nice, i have a few of the sexual speciemens

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    Very nice geckos Jerry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DDReptiles
    Cool, I always think the pathogenic geckos are awesome Are they fairly easy to breed?
    These parthenogenetic geckoes are impossible to breed! They're pretty easy to clone though

    Great stuff, Jerry! The Heteronotia Clone Geckoes are brilliant! I've been working with them for a few years now and they're certainly among my favourite animals! Are they popular over there?
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    Thanks everyone. Yeah, I guess "breed" is not really the right word. But to answer Derek's question, they do seem fairly easy to reproduce. I've kept a group of three of them together since they were babies and raised them up to adults. A while back they all started producing eggs. My experience is still limited with them, but so far they don't seem too hard to keep and "clone". There are not too many of them around yet that I know of, but I think they will be popular as they become available.
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    Hi Jerry,

    Nice to see they have ´cloned´ themself also in the U.S.
    Have fun with them.

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    Hi Jerry,

    Can the parthenogenic individuals become sexual (and vice versa)? Just wondering if environmental conditions (population density, food scarcity etc.) can prompt a "reversion".

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquapimp
    Hi Jerry,

    Can the parthenogenic individuals become sexual (and vice versa)? Just wondering if environmental conditions (population density, food scarcity etc.) can prompt a "reversion".

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    Hi Tom,

    some parthenogenetic animals can 'do it either way', but the parthenogenetic Heteronotia are exclusively parthenogenetic (they're 'obligate parthenogens') and the sexuals are exclusively sexual. Environmental conditions don't have any affect on them when it comes to reproductive method. I think this makes them particularly cool; the fact that they can't 'sneak any sex in' means that they're clones of the original animals which existed before modern humans, over 100,000 years ago!
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