I have two East African Nile Monitors that I am wanting to breed. They have a large enclosure with everything they need. There is only one male and one female, so there is no chance of fighting. I've had them since they were babies, and they are very well adapted. I have a large rock overhang in the cage for the mother. They have plenty of food. The thing is...they aren't breeding! What am I doing wrong? Could anybody offer me some advice? Thanks.
Is the enclosure to small??? If not it could be the temperature. I have a couple water dragons, and if I chose to breed them their enclosure would have to be 20 degrees cooler for a few months, it may be the same with your lizards.
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Create an artificial environment large enough that you can provide a hiding place for each of the lizards involved. Also, you will need to establish the environment to mimic the humidity of the lizard's homeland. Offer a sand or gravel substrate and a small dish of water that will not add much more humidity to the cage. # 2
House only one male lizard in a 30-gallon tank or less. Male lizards are extremely territorial and in the case of a 30-gallon tank, a trio of one male and two females is the optimal housing situation. # 3
Allow your lizards to adapt to the artificial environment, captivity and new light cycles. Some species of lizards can adapt within a year to these new conditions. Others may take longer to make this adaptation, then start on a regular breeding schedule. # 4
Provide the mother a place in the cage that she will be able to have her babies or lay her legs without fear of them being attacked by other lizards. Most lizards do not care what they eat are long as it is small and easy to devour. You may even have to separate the other lizards from the mother during this time. # 5
Make sure you have plenty of food for the live young or the hatchlings as soon as they come into the world. Wingless fruit flies and hatchling crickets are the best choice. Have plenty for the new lizards as well as for their mother.
Hope this helped :)
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You've got to be freaking kidding with the 30 gallon tank thing. An adult Nile monitor shouldn't ever be housed in anything smaller than an 8 foot enclosure, and that's minimum... most people seem to recommend larger though. A pair would need something even bigger. Any Nile monitor that can be housed in a 30 gallon tank(or any "tank" really) is still a BABY, and therefore is far from breeding size. I can't offer much breeding advice, but I had to respond to the 30 gallon tank thing. These guys get five feet or longer.