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Shingle Back Breeding – (Tiliqua Rugosa)

(Last Updated On: 31/01/2017)

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Shingle Back Breeding:

For Shingle Back breeding the owner must  proper enclosure and diet. With this measure being taken an owner can have a successful Shingle measure in the captivity. Shingle Backs are one of those lizards in which there is only one pair, the male will mate with one female only for the rest of its life, this is a fact or you may call it true love. The babies of shingle Backs remain with their parents for several months and the male himself looks after the babies. Shingle Backs live in a colony that is they live peacefully with their offsprings unlike other lizards.


Breeding is a sign of true love, the male mates with one female only for the rest of his life. The owner must pair healthy Shingle Backs together. Male Shingle Back is usually longer and broader than female in looks, otherwise their gender can be identified by looking at their lower bodies, male has a larger number of Anal pores and also have hemipenal bulging. An owner must first introduce the female to the male and keep them under supervision. If a fight breaks out then the owner must separate them immediately cause it’s a sign that the female is not ready for mating yet. When male and female are together, the male will roam around the female and then will climb on her, hold its neck with its mouth and then mate.

Breeding season and process:

The breeding season is in spring. The pair lives together for at least 25 years, male will breed will one female only for the rest of its life. According to the analysis and different studies, fighting among males and females is very rare, if the female is not ready to mate then the male will not bother her in fact will stay close to her. When the female is pregnant the male will help her out and will allow her to have food first in order to protect him for other males or dangers. When the female has laid eggs, the male will take good care of the eggs and will make sure that they are well fertilized with his sperms. After mating in spring, the Shingle Back lays egg after 4 to 5 months which is between November and March.


After the Shingle Back breeding season, an owner does not need any incubator for incubating eggs if he has given a good environment to the enclosure, the eggs can hatch fine in the captivity. After the hatchlings are hatched, both the mother and father look after it. The first feed the hatchings have is their own placenta membrane, though won't eat anything until they shed their skin first. After they shed their skin they eat them and then get on with normal food. Babies must be fed with chopped or minced fruits, vegetables and cat food or dog food. They should be fed with little insects only. The father looks after the hatchlings, he allows them and the mother to eat first in order to guard them and protect them. The babies stick around with their parents for a few months; after they are old enough they can be introduced to their own enclosure or can be sold further if you are a breeder.


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