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    Hi everyone okay so I've been doing so much research and I'm getting mixed feedback every where. I started off with two female leo's in a tank, they've housed very nicely together, they are both healthy and grown. My cousin just recently gave me a pair of geckos, one male (who is extremely large) and a tiny female ( her tail isn't even fat and I'm sure she's a juvenile, I'm currently working on getting her healthy). So far the male hasn't tried to mate with the tiny female, and I don't expect him to because she's no where near ovulating yet but my question is if I put the two pairs together will the male try to constantly breed with my two healthy females. I'm toatally prepared for eggs and I wouldn't mind taking care of them, so that's not an issue and neither is tank size, and I know they only try to breed during The season, I just don't want the male constanly harassing the females. I'd really want to house the 4 of them together year round eventually but I'm wondering if I shouldn't and just breed them and then separate them when done? And I'm also wondering if the season isn't different for them because none of my geckos have mated before?

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    OK so there are myriad reasons to keep every Gecko regardless of sex in separate enclosures.

    They gain absolutely nothing from cohabiting as they are solitary creatures in the wild, if we force them to cohabitate they quickly establish an order of dominance within the group and have extremely subtle ways of communicating with one another to maintain this. One example of this would be the 'stacking' behavior when sleeping, often perceived by humans as cuddling.

    Recent evidence coupled with more understanding surrounding their complex behaviors suggests even females appear far more content and thrive far better when they are given their own territory, I feel very strongly they deserve this anyway.

    In answer to your question about the male constantly breeding, yes, he absolutely will pester the females nightly throughout the year, further stressing those who are already forced to live in a group. It is impossible for you to know who he pesters to breed and how badly without keeping 24/7 watch.


    I could go on for a month about how many reasons there is to never house any Gecko together unless during breeding, I cannot stress enough if it is possible for you to house each Gecko separately you absolutely should, they will be exponentially happier, even if that is hard or impossible for us to perceive.
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    I agree that geckos housed separately don't miss socializing and that they don't get a whole lot from being housed together. That being said, I do house mine in small groups, generally have no problem and have healthy geckos. A few data points from my experience:
    --There is, of course, no guarantee that a group of geckos will get along and they have to be watched carefully for signs that they need to be separated
    --for the most part, I have found my geckos choosing different hides and rarely occupying the same hide.
    --I have been keeping my males with the females during the breeding season,which ends up being about Jan-Oct. For the past 12 years I have noticed consistently that the males are actively trying to breed from about Jan-June and then they pretty much leave the females alone.

    I'm not intending to say that leopard geckos should be housed together rather than separately. I'm only saying that there are situations where it can work out well as long as the keeper is aware of the subtle signs of bullying and able to separate right away.

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    I have 5 females in a 75 gallon tank. With plenty of hides is that a stressful situation for my girls?
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    If they are gaining weight, eating well and shedding with a minimum of problems (and no one has cuts or scratch marks on her) I would imagine that they are not stressed out.

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    Thank you for quick response good so far I watch them alot. I have one moody girl but not mean she just will step on a head and act like the others are invisible and never a mark on any of them

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