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Breeding Argentine BW in countries without winter

Discussion in 'Tegu Breeding Discussion' started by franz_seE, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. franz_seE

    franz_seE New Member

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    Hi,

    Im from the Philippines and we dont have winters. Im just curious if anybody has successfully bred argentine black and whites tegus before in a country that does not have winter as well.

    If so, was there anything special that needed to be done like 'forcing' hibernation?

    Thanks,
    Franz
  2. Jrock23

    Jrock23 Active Member

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    I would say contact underground reptiles, he can answer your question a lot better then I can.. Underground reptiles are located in California, they don't have winters either and he always have success in breeding there lizards..
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    snibborsirk Active Member

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    Underground reptiles is actually in Florida and their tegus hibernate/brumate several months each year.
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  4. Roadkill

    Roadkill Active Member

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    Where most of the tegus live in the wild they don't have a winter much like others would consider winter either. Those of the southern clade (genus Salvator) experience some cooling down, drier conditions, and slightly shorter photoperiod. However, it doesn't typically freeze and the photoperiod reduction is 1-2 hours max. Those of the northern clade (genus Tupinambis) experience very little "winter" in that they may see some drier weather, slightly shortening of photoperiod and a minor decline in temperature. This being said, both clades live within the Tropic of Capricorn, and beings as the Philippines exists within the Tropic of Cancer, I would assume photoperiods should be similar. However, being basically an island nation, the ocean is going to have moderating effects to keep the temperatures fairly consistent. I'll have to admit, though, I do not really know much about the Philippines or the kind of weather or seasons it experiences. A cooling down period certainly helps facilitate the resetting of the tegus hormonal cycles and induce breeding, but I wouldn't necessarily say it is absolutely necessary (definitely very helpful). It isn't necessarily the most common way to go, but if trying to modulate zeitgebers proves to be too difficult, you can always resort to hormone injections to get them into breeding.
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  5. Jrock23

    Jrock23 Active Member

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    Yea my bad, I meant to said Florida, but I was thinking about LLL Reptiles lol...
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