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    Default We had a parthenogenetic Leachianus hatch!


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    Hello all! We had an amazing thing happen on Sunday night… The first egg laid from the first clutch of our female pure Bayonnaise Leachie (from Leapin' Leachies) hatched after 105 days at room temp! The amazing part is that it was the first egg from her first ever clutch, she was only a year and a half old when she laid it, and that she has never been with another Leachie! (we were taken totally by surprise when we first found the eggs)

    We did not expect the eggs to be fertile, but kept them anyway (mostly due to a combination of not really knowing what else to do with them along with a bit of wishful thinking). Lacking proper incubation media or an incubator, we put them in moist cocofiber and kept them at room temp, and as the eggs did not go bad so we kept "incubating" them while gently misting them daily.

    About 75 days after it was laid, she laid her second clutch (which went bad due to being kept next to some infertile gargoyle eggs that were laid at the same time which quickly went moldy and spread… I am never storing eggs from separate clutches together again) and I candled it out of curiosity and it looked red inside (as opposed to the eggs she just laid that were yellow inside) and I swore I saw blood vessels and a shape in it! I made myself discounted it as completely implausible and told myself it must of been shadows caused by the cocofiber staining the outside of the egg…

    Anyway, as I was heading out Sunday night, I looked in quickly and noticed some dirt on top of the egg, which made me do a double take, and then I noticed this little girl laying next to the egg. She appears perfectly healthy, everything appears to be together and in the right place, and she moves around fine (climbing the walls of the temp enclosure we made for her like a champ as soon as we put her in it).

    The second egg from that clutch is still "incubating"… the shell was not as well formed as the first, so I have not moved it since I put it in the "media" to candle it (I get a bit nervous about moving the eggs)… but it has not gone bad, so that is a good sign I guess… I look in on it a couple times a day now, but I don't really expect anything...

    Anyway, just wanted to share our little miracle pickle with you all! I am still stunned by this. I had heard about a couple of reports of parthenogenesis in leachies when reading about them and in forums, but I never for a second did I really think I would witness it or have it happen to one of ours (especially from the first egg we have ever dealt with), let alone have the offspring be apparently healthy (knocks on wood)!

    Goes to show, you should always incubate those eggs!

    I am attaching some pics. If anyone has any questions, I am more than happy to answer them. I understand how rare this is, which is why I wanted to share this with you all!

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    Geckos:
    Rhacodactylus Leachianus (Bayonnaise): 0.2.0.1
    Rhacodactylus Auriculatus: 0.1.1.0
    Leopard Geckos: 2.0.0.0

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    Cool, I hope the hatchlings thrive for you
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    Nice, please keep updating how they are doing.
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    Updates, for sure, will be much appreciated!
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    A very interesting topic indeed! Congratulations on the unusual offspring!
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