Reflections on the 2011 Breeding Season

This year has been an incredible learning experience. It’s amazing how far the hobby/business has come so quickly. Last year (the 2010 season) I only had one pair and really didn’t intend to breed. In fact, when Momma laid her first pair of eggs, I wasn’t even going to incubate them. My husband (who generally is not interested in the geckos) was the one that persuaded me to try. I did some research (well, a ton really and I haven’t stopped since!), set up an incubator, and had a perfect hatch rate. I found great homes for all of the hatchlings and fell in love with the process. Every step was so exciting to me: finding the eggs after she laid them, watching them grow in the incubator, finding the hatchlings, seeing them eat for the first time, and repeat! I still get excited for all of those steps and have been lucky enough to catch the eggs in the process of hatching several times now but nothing compares to all of those firsts.

Because everything went so well that first year, I decided that I would grow a little bit this past year and really make a hobby out of it. I was planning to breed two females so that I would have more eggs but not enough to get overwhelmed. So much for that idea, I went from a maximum of 6-7 geckos at a time last year to over 40 this year! I expected to vend at one reptile expo but I have now vended at four different expos (Portland, Bangor, and NH twice). I made a “Samantha’s Geckos” Facebook page and this website (with a lot of help from my husband) and I’m happy with both. I haven’t been quite as diligent as I’d like to be about updating this website and especially about keeping up with this blog but I’m hoping to improve on that.

My husband and I are in the process of buying a house. As long as everything goes according to plan, the closing date will be mid-March and we’ll be all moved-in by the end of the month. I currently have gecko tanks spread out all over the apartment but in the new house, the geckos will have a room to themselves. I can’t wait to set up a rack system for all of the tanks. It’s going to make life so much easier. Another great thing will be the ability to keep the cats out of the gecko room. I currently have to put a lot of effort into “cat-proofing” everything and I’ve had several close calls anyway. The only problem will be resisting the urge to continue increasing the number of geckos I have once I have the space. My original plan was to reach the size that I’m currently at around the 3rd or 4th season and then not increase further. I have gotten here more quickly than I planned but I wouldn’t change a thing about these last two seasons and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

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