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    Ok so I've been googling for the past few hours straight and I cannot get an answer as to what is going on with my geckos.
    Here is the story so that someone can please hopefully tell me what in the world is going on!
    I was given two geckos about a year ago and they have lived together ever since (I do not know anything about how they lived or how they were treated or anything before they came to me). The female is the normal I guess orange ish color with the leopard spots and the male is almost completely white looking and he doesn't have any of the spots.
    Anyways, last year I guess during breeding season she stopped eating for like 2 weeks and was acting strange and agressive and then she layed only 2 eggs, which I've heard is abnormal and they are supposed to lay wayy more before the end of the breeding season. These two eggs never amounted to anything even though we tried to incubate them and everything. She never laid any other eggs ever again.
    This past month I've noticed the same behavior: agressive, trying to literally crawl up the glass likes she's trying to escape, restlesness, excessive shedding, and the not eating. She's also digging and making piles but has laid no eggs.
    Recently, she's started to attack the male alot and I am very worried for him. He does not attack her back and attempts to just get away. I'm afraid she's going to kill him or something in the middle of the night. I would seperate them but I'm afraid she will freak out even before because when I've attempted it once she tried to knock over the barrier just to get back on the same side he was on.
    I started reading up on 'hot females' and was wondering if this may be my answer?
    I have NO clue and would really very much appreciate any help I can get, I am new at this and just want to raise my geckos the best that I can.
    Thanks!

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    I personally would separate them since the risk or injury or death is not worth it. Just make a secure divider if the tank is big enough, or get a second tank and place a visual barrier between the tanks.
    It sounds like you have a pair of nice looking geckos just make sure they get to live a healthy long gecko life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cgamble9 View Post
    Ok so I've been googling for the past few hours straight and I cannot get an answer as to what is going on with my geckos.
    Here is the story so that someone can please hopefully tell me what in the world is going on!
    I was given two geckos about a year ago and they have lived together ever since (I do not know anything about how they lived or how they were treated or anything before they came to me). The female is the normal I guess orange ish color with the leopard spots and the male is almost completely white looking and he doesn't have any of the spots.
    Anyways, last year I guess during breeding season she stopped eating for like 2 weeks and was acting strange and agressive and then she layed only 2 eggs, which I've heard is abnormal and they are supposed to lay wayy more before the end of the breeding season. These two eggs never amounted to anything even though we tried to incubate them and everything. She never laid any other eggs ever again.
    This past month I've noticed the same behavior: agressive, trying to literally crawl up the glass likes she's trying to escape, restlesness, excessive shedding, and the not eating. She's also digging and making piles but has laid no eggs.
    Recently, she's started to attack the male alot and I am very worried for him. He does not attack her back and attempts to just get away. I'm afraid she's going to kill him or something in the middle of the night. I would seperate them but I'm afraid she will freak out even before because when I've attempted it once she tried to knock over the barrier just to get back on the same side he was on.
    I started reading up on 'hot females' and was wondering if this may be my answer?
    I have NO clue and would really very much appreciate any help I can get, I am new at this and just want to raise my geckos the best that I can.
    Thanks!
    Separating them is the best thing to do. She may be attacking him because she is stressed out. I have 6 geckos and they are all fine living alone. They're solitary reptiles, they like to live alone. Ideally they should each have their own 20 gallon or larger tank.
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    0.1.0 Regular morph - Kalahari
    0.1.0 Hypotangerine - Sahara
    0.1.0 Blizzard - Cherish
    1.0.0 Regular morph - Danny Way
    1.0.0 Patternless - Lancelot

    Forever in my heart:
    Sundrop the beautiful spotted Leopard gecko. You were the sweetest pretty little lizard with the cutest attitude. I'll love you forever.

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    Females tend to get aggressive towards males when they are gravid. They are essentially protecting the eggs they have in them, telling the males to eff off so to speak. Sometimes the males will still try, and that simply makes the females even more uncomfortable & stressed out. Separating them is the best way to go like everyone is suggesting.

    While some people have successfully kept males & females together, it's more common to see people separating the male from females once they are done mating. This is for everyone's benefit really. It'll reduce stress on the females, making sure they get to relax and lay their eggs while feeling safe. It'll keep the males from getting injured as the females can get really vicious.
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