Bearded Dragons Lay Eggs without Mating
Bearded dragons are a popular choice of pet for their endearing personalities, vivid colors and manageable size. With proper care, bearded dragons can live for up to 10 years. What many don’t know is that certain things, such as laying eggs, can be done without mating.
Asexual reproduction, also known as parthenogenesis, is a process by which a female can reproduce without the use of a male counterpart. Bearded dragons can reproduce parthenogenically and will lay fertile eggs even in the absence of a male. This can be extremely beneficial for those that don’t want a male in the enclosure, or in the event that a female is housed alone and not cohabitating with a male.
- Provide a Clean Enclosure: Keeping the enclosure clean is essential to creating a healthy environment, and it’s critical when considering conditions ideal for parthenogenesis. Heavily soiled substrate can lead to a less than desirable habitat.
- Monitor their Diet: You’ll want to make sure they’re getting the right balance of calcium, vitamins and minerals. A healthy bearded dragon is much more likely to have successful parthenogenesis.
- Create a Darkness Cycle: Bearded dragons regulate breeding cycles, and need at least 12-14 hours of darkness in a 24-hour period.
In addition to their beloved personalities, one of the things that makes bearded dragons such a great pet is their ability to reproduce asexually. While this may not apply to all lizards, bearded dragon owners should be aware of the potential for parthenogenesis if their female counterparts ever turn out to be solitaries.