A question to Panther breeders

Discussion in 'Chameleon Breeding' started by ChromaChameleons, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. ChromaChameleons

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    What number of clutches have your female Panthers produced?

    My experience has suggested 6 - 9 clutches are about the upper and lower limit...
     
  2. Steven Reecy

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    Clutches

    I had an Ambanja female that laid 10 clutches for a total of 230 eggs.
     
  3. stephen

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    out of those 230, how many actually made it. did you use an incubator or the old vermiculite and rubbermaid method?
     
  4. Steven Reecy

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    Most of them would have made it if I knew what I was doing in the early stages. Later on, I was getting only one or two deaths per clutch. All clutches were viable (except one) when laid and she lived a little over 2.5 years. This was back in 2001. She'd have probably lived twice as long if I hadn't fed her so much. Vermiculite and rubbermaid, yes. But if I told you the rest, I'd have to kill you. :)
     
  5. stephen

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    Thanx for your honesty steven. sounds like you would do a much better job now!! What did you mean by "feeding her too much". is there something i should know as a proud father of a 13 month old gravid lady? Any advice(especially about longevity)would be greatly appreciated.
    OH btw, she has already layed a clutch of 23 three weeks ago.
     
  6. stephen

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  7. ChromaChameleons

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    Steven:

    Thanks for the reply.

    Did the number of eggs in each clutch diminish as she got older???

    And how many crickets would you consider a daily feeding for her??

    I'm just trying to gauge your idea of overfeeding . I personally feed 3 - 5 crickets a day under normal conditions and then up that to 6-7 liberally supplemented crickets a day when gravid .

    I'm so curious to know that you are welcome to kill me after you tell me...LOL.
     
  8. Steven Reecy

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    Sorry...back from a trip to the relatives. Yeah, honesty is the best policy. I'd rather voice my mistakes and indescretions of youth than let others repeat them. I was feeding her 7 to 8 adult crickets (or their equivalent) every day. Your feeding policy sounds a lot better than what I was using.

    And yes, the number of eggs did dimish over time. Here's a closer look at the data:

    Blue Banded Ambanja Female, "Tuna", hatched late July, 2000.

    1st clutch: 19 (2/23/01), age 7 months.
    second: 24
    third: 28
    fourth: 29 (retained sperm)
    fifth: 27 (more retained sperm, infertile)
    sixth: 33
    seventh: 25
    eighth: 16
    ninth: 17 (retained sperm?)
    tenth: 12? (scattered, non-viable)

    Died: 2 months, 8 days after 10th clutch on 11/9/02. Buried at the base of dogwood tree that blooms every spring.
     

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