Some of you may have seen my recent thread of my female panther who i feel is receptive. Not knowing her exact age I did not know whether to breed her or not as she was estimated at nine/ nearly 10 months. I may have managed to get her breeders details so I can find out her actual age.
Over the last few days I have been searching these forums and talking to big breeders here in the UK and the US about their thoughts on when the right time for a female to be bred is. I was surprised at how few people actually have said the solid year rule. Most people said to mate them on their first receptive cycle, some said as young as 8 months old. Many big breeders (I know they are in it to make money) would breed and not let them lay an infertile clutch first. One told me that they feel them laying infertiles from seeing a male can be harmful on them.
A lot of people said they would rather go off the weight and size of the female rather than the actual age.
What are other peoples opinions on this? Have you bred females under a year? Hopefully I will be able to contact the breeder but at the moment with my female I am leaning towards not mating her for at least another month if she is still receptive.
I know there will never be one straight answer but I find it interesting to see other peoples opinions and their personal experiences on the matter
Keeper of: Ambilobe Panther Chameleons, Bradypodion, Lined day Geckos, Leopard geckos, Hermanns tortoise, marine fish and Koi