Hi Cyndi, I think Willie started early. He was 14-16 months when his femoral pores became enlarged. Soon he was ejaculating daily. Still is. I believe this started in August. I think Will is out of sync with the usual time pattern. But nevertheless. that's Will's way. I know our igs are reputed to become unfriendly and agressive when they are in season. I have also read that when their primary person is a female, they can become kind of tender with their female owners. For sure Will has ideas of his own, but he is dear with me still. No telling what it will be next time around. I'm ready for anything from this little guy, though.
Just love Kyo and take it as it comes.
Last Edit: Nov 1, 2004 16:03:31 GMT -8 by WillemsMom
Zair has given one bad breeding season...this was last year when I had a female housed with him AND another male in the house kept very seperate...Zair is 6 years old. His first season was late...he was nearly 2 1/2 yrs old...bad previous care stunted much of his developement.
The fall/winter time frame are just an "average" time frame. Some never come out of breeding season, though those are few and far between...then some come in early as Will did. It's all in the care and genetics of the individual...and sometimes external issues such as the "other ig" in the house...whether they can see the other one or not. Just the scent is enough to put them over the edge of serious breeding season horror story time...
Yup, every ig is different. Hercules had his first season when he was about 18-months old, but he has never been violent toward me or anyone else (until this year. Heh...Dom's "Ig Nino" effect.) It seems to be a late...err...early? season problem with him, since back in August he nearly killed Audrey (my female ig, she would have died if I hadn't been home at the time) and came within millimeters of removing part of my face. Right now, he's my docile, sweet Hercules that I have known since just after his birth. Let's just say, breeding season behavior is unpredictable, all we can do is learn an ig's body language, the rest just has to play itself out.
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This might be a good place add this tidbit about Will. I used to give him his water+ gatorade daily in a pyrex pie plate. He would go in there and ejaculate. I decided I would rather he drank his water, so I began giving it to him and a smaller bowl. Since rehydration has become a serious issue for will, I started using the pie plate again, but w/o the gatorade. This morning there was ejaculate in his water again. What a silly little ig. He doesn't feel too well, but that doesn't stop him from from having his daily feel good moment.
Whew! That's a wonderful assessment, Sean. Thanks.
But, Willie has pulled a new one today!. It has been very rare for me to see Willlie drink. I've added pedialyte and gatorade to his water. It doesn't interest him at all. When he poops there is no urine. I didn't worry about changing his water after he left his souveneir from his good time in it. I was very busy for a good part of today and I thought he would just walk past his water plate as usual.
I have screens in front of his enclosure to give him privacy. I walked by his enclosure and lo and behold he was there drinking water. I stood behind his screen and watched him for about a good 5 minutes. He would drink for a few seconds, stop, raise his head while the water went down and then go right back for more. My husband came to watch him and we were both amazed. He drank and drank and drank. If he keeps that up he'll be rehydrated in no time But what could that have been about? My thought was that Will knows something we don't know. Maybe he thinks he's getting some power from his water with ejaculate in it. Maybe he IS getting some power!
I'm sure he'll leave another present in his water tomorrow.. I hope I'll see him if he begins to drink alot again. I think Willie knows what he needs and he's going for it. Yay! Wille!
Last Edit: Nov 6, 2004 21:09:27 GMT -8 by WillemsMom
I guess my imagination ran wild yesterday. I thought drinking waterr with his ejaculate in it might be like eating Tiger gonads or something. I thought Willie might know a healing secret. But, no. Today he stopped by his sparkling clean water and drank quite well . This is really good ~ if he is well hydrated, I think he'll eat better.
Ig s are really diferent. My girl s first" season" was last year(but no eggs ) and she is 3, 5 years old. Last week she stop eating so much. Look s like we are here again. Its hard to tell, becourse her behavior is the same (sweet, nice girl ) I m so afraid of her first egg llaying, specialy after Tesa s story about Trasher.
I also wanted a female (just to even up ratios in this household, lol). Until I read about poor Tesa and Thrasher's episode, I was really dreading the male aggression.
I think that Kyo has entered adulthood now, His spikes are turning a rusty orange/pink color, definitely more active (climbing, scratching, etc), and much more aggressive towards me (only me, he treats the boys the same) when I go into HIS enclosure. When he is out, he is a perfect gentleman. I still keep a close eye on him tho
Thrasher was a special case. Most female igs, if cared for properly during the whole gravid thing, will do fine. The biggest thing is to make sure they are very well hydrated.
My female laid 54 eggs for me...and I honestly didn't know she was gravid! I knew she had gotten huge, but not why. Thank goodness I supplement with added water, either by syringe...or squirts directly from the water bottle. She laid all of them within several hours...outside...in her sun cage.
Thrasher did suffer from VERY poor care before she became mine. I got her when she was 4 yrs old. The poor gal was only about 18 inches long and squeezed into a 10 gal tank with no UVB, a heat light that was left on 24 hours a day, and was being fed only romaine lettuce. She had MBD, one leg that had been broken which healed incorrectly leaving her unable to UNbend the elbow, and an untreated tail drop that did regenerate, but had dry gangrene. She had been with me nearly a year and a half when she became gravid and thankfully had overcome these issues. (except for the elbow. It cannot be fixed but I did "physical therapy" and managed to increase her range of motion) So, yes, Thrasher's condition was anything but normal, but she was "generally" healthy by the time she became gravid. The doc said there is no real answer to what causes the condition with which she was afflicted (preovulatory stasis) altho previous poor health is considered a factor. Here's the link if you'd like to read about her ordeal. tesa.proboards24.com/index.cgi?board=health&action=display&thread=1089774931
As previously stated, the "seasons" have become (or already were) rather unpredictable. Just brush up on the signs of gravidity and keep a good watch. As Prism said, if your girl is healthy and you are paying attention, chances are she'll be just fine.
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