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    I was wondering this as i hear different things all over the place.

    I know that leos can retain the male's sperm for the entire season. But a few breeders i have spoke to have said they mate the female after every clutch of eggs to keep the produced eggs fertile.

    Now this makes sense but i also dont want to stress the females out too much. So i was just wondering what people on here do?

    Personally i think it would be best to meet in the middle. So mate at the beginning of the season and then again half way through.
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    When I was breeding I kept the male with the females for the entire season, so it was a moot point. However, one year I put a male in just once with a female I was keeping separate for some reason and I got about 6 clutches of eggs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    When I was breeding I kept the male with the females for the entire season, so it was a moot point. However, one year I put a male in just once with a female I was keeping separate for some reason and I got about 6 clutches of eggs.

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    And how many of those eggs were fertile?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newbreeder View Post
    And how many of those eggs were fertile?
    I'm pretty sure most of them were or I would have noticed that the fertility dropped off after the first few clutches. On the other hand, I've had females that spent the entire season with the male (for several years) and produced no fertile eggs (and yes, the male was proven. It was just the female that couldn't "catch")

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