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Old 11-10-2007, 09:10 AM
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Another Panther breeding question

At what age can a male Panther begin breeding?

Does the shedding of sperm plugs suggest he would be ready?
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Old 11-10-2007, 10:16 PM
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They can start 7-months to a year. We've found about a year if not more.
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Old 11-11-2007, 11:39 AM
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I think it's more important to worry about the females age. Males will show interest at a fairly early age. I would wait with them until you see the regular shedding of substantial DNA material with poops or on branches. They will want to breed earlier than that but I think the fertility rate will be better if you wait. With females, it's extremely important to wait until they are healthy and sturdy enough for the process. It is actually a life and death situation for them. Breeding too soon can mean an early death later on. Just my opinion and "two cents".....
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Old 11-11-2007, 12:07 PM
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Thanks for the replies...

I agree with the point regarding females. The youngest Ive ever bred a female was at 11.5 months. She was virtually full grown and pacing her cage at the site of males across the room. It was obvious that she was ready .

But I now have a 12.5 month old female waiting for a mate. Shes definitely ready , but the oldest males are born last April, making them about 7- 7.5 months old now. They don't appear to be full sized yet, but do appear ready to breed. My goal is to avoid an infertile clutch , but still trying to push things forward another 4 to 6 weeks.

My female is presently on a small ration feeding schedule of about 3 - 5 2/3 size crix a day with limited supplementation . Hopefully she will hang in another few weeks. I'll start her eating more with more supplementation a few weeks before breeding.
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