Here are some notes on the beginning of breeding season at BION Terrarium Center (January, 2019)
1. Uroplatus ebenaui (spearpoint leaf-tailed gecko) – 5 eggs (diameter=0,75 cm (0,29 in).
2. Uroplatus phantasticus (satanic leaf-tailed gecko) – 8 eggs (diameter=0,8 cm (0,314 in).
3. Uroplatus pietschmanni females, that successfully underwent brumation period, started to make clutches. We have 6 eggs so far (diameter=1,3 cm (0,5 in).
4. About 30 F. pardalis (Panther chameleon) babies hatched during January 2019 and the hatching is still going on.
5. 2 Nephrurus (Underwoodisaurus) milii females laid a total of 3 oval eggs. One of them started mating with a male only a week after making a clutch. The eggs’ average length is 2,7 cm (1.06 in), average width is 1,3 cm (0.51 in).
6. Geochelone elegans (Indian star tortoise) also followed our breeding plan and made a clutch of 4 eggs. Each of them is about 4 cm (1.57 in) long and about 3 cm (1.2 in) wide.
Keep following our page and we will keep you posted on all our breeding news.
Two more Uroplatus sikorae babies (Mossy leaf-tailed gecko) hatched on 25.09.2018 at BION Terrarium Center! Incubation time – 99 days (T= +23 - +25°C). Their average total length is about 5 cm (1.96 in). These geckos are endemic to Madagascar inhabiting Eastern and central tropical forests of the island. Their specific name, “sikorae”, is a latinization of the surname of famous explorer of Madagascar - Franz Sikora.
On 25.08.2018 our Indian star tortoises’ (Geochelone elegans) began to hatch after approximately 210 incubation days (T=+28°C). Their average weight is about 15.6 g, average length is about 3.7 cm (1.45 in). The height of carapace is about 2 cm (0.78 in). We are still waiting for more babies to hatch. They usually spend 2-3 days inside the egg after crashing the egg shell.
This species is found in only 3 localities: in western India and extreme southeastern Pakistan, in southeastern India and on the island of Sri Lanka. Here they inhabit moist deciduous forests, thorn scrub forests, arid grasslands and semi-deserts. Adult specimens can weigh up to 6.6 kg and can reach the length of 38 cm (14.96 in). Males become sexually mature at the age of 3-5 years, females – at the age of 10-12 years in captivity. Besides being quite rare in herpetoculture, these tortoises are always in a good demand among hobbyists.
Last time we have true clutch-boom of leaf-tailed geckoes! During recent two weeks we got 8 eggs from Uroplatus phantasticus (satanic leaf-tailed gecko), 4 eggs from Uroplatus pietschmanni (Pietschmann’s leaf-tailed gecko), 4 eggs from Uroplatus henkeli (Henkel’s leaf-tailed gecko) and 4 eggs from Uroplatus sikorae (mossy leaf-tailed gecko). Also yesterday wet got two healthy Uroplatus giganteus (giant leaf-tailed gecko) hatchlings. All leaf-tailed geckos are endemic to Madagascar and very popular in herpetoculture. Breeding of endemic species in captivity is an important point for saving wild populations. BION Terrarium Center is working with breeding of Leaf tailed geckos for a long time. Pls check http://bion.wrp.com.ua/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Leaf-tailed-geckos-from-Uroplatus-genus-keeping-and-breeding-at-BION-Terrarium-Center.pdf
Successful breeding project at BION Terrarium Center is bright and beautiful Western Saharian spiny-tailed lizard (Uromastyx dispar flavifasciata hatching)! After 80 incubation of 17 eggs we already got 5 cute and strong babies, and three more are about to hatch. Average total length is about 9 cm (3.54 in). Mean weight is about 8.5 g. More hatchlings are on approach. This subspecies of spiny-tailed lizards (U. dispar) inhabits western Sahara (Mauritania, Morocco and south-west Algeria). They are found in areas with very low humidity (deserts, semi-deserts or rubbled slopes). They are able to survive in extremely hot climate, nurturing water from morning dew and moisture from their burrows. Adult individuals are up to 50 cm long. They grow up with a spectacular color changes with dominant black shades and from 5 to 7 yellow, orange or greenish stripes on their backs. Sometimes solid black individuals occur. These lizards are rare and valuable acquisition for every spiny-tailed or other desert lizards lover. The video about keeping and breeding of Western Saharian spiny-tailed lizard in BION coming soon!
Our Australian barking geckos (Underwoodisaurus milii) continue their egg-laying season. On 24.06.2018 we got two clutches of 1 and two fertile eggs (length = 2,6 cm (1.05 in), average width is 1,3 cm (0.51 in), weight = 2 g) . Now we have 7 eggs in total. Another clutches are coming soon. Check our Facebook page to be the first to order these beautiful residents of Australia. After the eggs hatch, juveniles will soon be available is stock in 30 days. Stay with us!)
On 22.06.2018 Our first Western spiny-tailed skink (Egernia stokesii) female gave birth to 4 babies. All babies are able to move pretty fast since the moment of birth. Their average total length is about 8 cm (3.15 in), average weight is near 7 g. We gave been successfully breeding these skinks for over 10 years. We are breeding Western spiny-tailed skink Egernia stokesii in BION Terrarium Center more than 10 years and have a quite big breeding group. These lizards are found in the Northern Territory of Australia, in New South Wales, Queensland, South and Western Australia. They inhabit tall shrubland, open areas with woodland and limestone slabs. They commonly find shelters in rock crevices of hollow logs. Total length of adults is up to 20 cm (7.87 in). In our controlled conditions females give birth to 1 to 8 babies from June to September. These large and attractive skinks are always in demand.
Five Baja blue rock lizard (Petrosaurus thalassinus) babies hatched in BION on 21-22.06.2018. They are only slightly heavier than 1 g. Their mean total length is 11 cm (4.33 in). The clutch contained 15 eggs. This species is found in the Sierra la Laguna and Sierra la Trinidad of the Cape region of Baja California Sur as well as on Islas Espiritu Santo and Partida Sur in the Gulf (Mexico). Here it inhabits the immediate vicinity of rocky canyons with rare vegetation, boulder-strewn hillsides and arroyo bottoms and sea-side cliffs. This species is always popular in herpetoculture, being a desireable aquisition for any hobbyist. We are breeding Baja blue rock lizard here in BION more than 7 years.
On 14-15.06.2018 we got all three Albemarle lava lizards (Microlophus albemarlensis) babies successfully hatched from three eggs laid on 18.03.2018. They spent almost 90 days inside the eggs. Average weight of the neonates is about 1.4 g. Average SVL is about 3 cm (1.18 in), tail length is about 5.4 cm (2.12 in). Young babies will be available in BION stock soon. Albemarle lava lizards from Galapagos islands are quite interesting animals due to some behavior’s hints and bright mating coloration.
First two males of East Indian leopard geckos (Eublepharis hardvickii) hatched on 08.06.2018 after 45 incubation days (T= +32°C). Both babies are healthy and actively consume – cricket as their first food . One of them also did his first shedding. We are waiting for new hatchlings in the next couple of weeks. They will be available in stock soon.
At the beginning of June our Iranian leopard geckos (Eublepharis angramainyu) females started to lay their first clutches (2 eggs in each). All eggs seem fertile. Their average weight is about 0.9 g. Average length is 3,6 cm (1.42 in), average width is 1,5 cm (0.6 in). For 13.06.2018 we have 10 eggs in total and eggs’ laying still continues. Our Iranian leopard gecko’s foundstock originate from Ilam province, western Iran. We have been successfully breeding them for 7 years so far. They usually lay eggs at the end of May – beginning of June. Incubations time for both males (T= +32 °C) and females (T= +28°C) is for 44 and 54 days subsequently.
On 11.06.2018 our Albemarle lava lizard female (Microlophus albemarlensis) made her 3rd clutch during this season. See how the eggs change their physical parameters, becoming noticeably bigger during incubation. An interesting thing is, that the first clutch consisted from 3 eggs (length = 2 cm (0.78 in), width = 1 cm (0.39 in), but two following clutches consisted of 2 bigger eggs each. These lizards inhabit western and central islands of the Galapagos archipelagoes . Their habitat includes lowland dry areas with rocks, cacti and vineplants. They have all chances to become a new trend in herpetoculture in the nearest future because of interesting behavior, small size and nice color .
We got a pair of Australian barking geckos (Underwoodisaurus milii) in December 2016 as juveniles. On 31.04.2018 our female made her first clutch of 2 eggs. Gestation lasted about 25. Both eggs seems to be fertile, weighing 20,4 g and 19,7 g. Their average length is 2,7 cm (1.06 in), average width is 1,3 cm (0.51 in). These geckos reach sexual maturity at age of 1,5 – 2 years. They are quite widespread in captivity but still hold good position as valuable acquisition for hobbyists. We are expecting to see hatchling in about 60 days, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed.
We already got 4 Phillipine Sailfin dragon (Hydrosaurus pustulatus) hatchlings from 30.04.2018 till now! The first two babies hatched after 99, one – after 100 and one – after 103 incubation days (T= +28 °C) of incubation. Their average SVL is 6,5 cm (2.6 in), tail length is 15 cm (5.9 in). Average weight is near 15 g. All neonates are strong, healthy and pretty active. 3 more clutches are in process. This is BION’s other successful breeding of Phillipine Sailfin dragon provided by our Senior herpetologist – Ivan Neizhko. H. pustulatus is an endemic Philippine species is extremely rare in captivity.
On 17.04.2018 our 8 East Indian leopard (Eublepharis hardwickii) gecko females began to make first clutches. For today they laid 25 eggs in total.
This is the only representative of the genus Eublepharis, that inhabits moist forests of East India and Bangladesh. This is the only leopard gecko keeping juvenile color when grow up making them really attractive . We have been successfully breeding hardvickiis for 3 years so far. These geckos become sexually mature at the age of 12-18 months.
Gestation lasts 19-20 days. One female lay 3-4 clutches per season (1-2 eggs per each). Incubation period lasts 50-69 days. E. hardwickii are always in a good demand.
On 06.05.2018 our Calumma parsonii parsonii (Soanierana Blue) female made a clutch of 47 eggs. All eggs seems to be fertile. Average length of eggs is about 2 cm (0.78 in), average width is about 1.3 cm (0.51 in). On the second day after egg-laying she seems to be healthy and active.
On 25.03.2018 we got a clutch from our Indian star tortoise (Geochelone elegans) female. This species inhabits dry areas and scrub forest in India and Sri Lanka. Each of three eggs is about 4 cm (1.57 in) long and about 3 cm (1.2 in) wide. Their average weight is 25.6 g. Indian star tortoises are not easy to breed indoors. We hope to move them shortly in nice outdoors facilitiy.
16.08.2017. Success breeding of Phlippine sailfin lizard (Hydrosaurus pustulatus), hatched after 92 days of incubation: total length - 22 cm, weight - 15 g
23.08.2017. New success in our breeding center! This is really luck!
Philby's Spiny-tailed Lizard (Uromastyx philby), hatched after 85 days of incubation: the total length - 9.4 sm, weight - 10 g
May 2017. Eastern bearded dragon Pogona barbata babies
Eastern bearded dragon Pogona barbata is one of the eight recognized species within the Pogona genus. Adult males can grow to about 60 cm (24 in) from the snout to the tip of the tail, while females may reach 50 cm (20 in) in overall length.
This is the largest and brightest representative of the genus bearded agamas.
Distribution: the semi-desert regions of eastern Australia: the Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Victoria.
We expect the first babies in late May.
Since 2013 we have laid major emphasis on breeding rare and valuable reptile species and set up BION’s BREEDING CENTER.
Currently the Center includes 4 separate sectors, each specializing in breeding valuable & rare Varanus, Iguanidae & Agamidae, Scincidae species, ground geckos (Nephrurus, Underwodisaurus, Eublepharius hardwickii, angramanyui, Hemitheconyx taylori), Leaf tailed geckos (Uroplatus species-(at least 8 !), as well as Parson’s chameleons.
In addition, our partner in the city of Kharkov is breeding different Chamaeleons & Skinks (Tiliqua scincoides) species within the framework of BION’s investment project.
The results of BION's operation in keeping and breeding own animals are available at "Breeding info"
We are always interested in the exchange of information on keeping and breeding of certain species with our colleagues worldwide.
Varanus macraei copulation on 20.09.2016 and clutch on 25.10.2016 at BION Terrarium Center
The new Varanus cumingii's clutch at BION Terrarium Center - 11 eggs (11.09.2016). 4 juveniles from the previous clutch including 5 eggs (deposited on 25-26.07.2015) were imported to U.S. The duration of incubation was 200 days. Looking forward for new Varanus cumingii next year!
10 YEARS OF BREEDING UROPLATUS SPECIES IN BION TERRARIUM CENTER
GREAT NEWS FROM BION. From 11/02/2015 till 14/02/2015 we got 4 perfect hatchlings of Varanus cumingii from our own breeding. The parentstock was obtained on 15/09/2013 as juveniles. The mating was observed on 16/04/2015 and continued during 2 months (about 1-2 copulations per week).
The clutch including 5 eggs was deposited on 25-26.07.2015.
One egg was spoiled after 8 days.
The first egg hatched on 12/12/205=201 day of incubation
The second egg hatched on 13/12/205=202 day of incubation
The last 2 eggs hatched on 14/12/205=203 day of incubation
Our congratulations to Ivan Neizhko, Head of Laboratory,
BION Terrarium Center, Kiev, Ukraine
The really piebald(panda) Ctenosaura pectinata are delivered from Mexico at the end of 2015 year for BION’s new breeding project. All adults, perfect colored and top condition. We considered to leave 3 panda pairs + completely black male.
LONG TERM BREEDING PROJECT OF CORDYLUS CATAPRACTUS
Captive breeding of Eublepharis hardwickii in BION Terrarium Center
Captive breeding of Furcifer lateralis in BION Terrarium Center
Captive breeding of Uromastyx thomasi in BION Terrarium Center. 5 nice babies hatched for today. For more info check BION’s Face Book https://www.facebook.com/bion.terrarium
The copulation of long term captured w.c. Diploglossus monotropis in BION Terrarium Center on 10.03.15
For today we do have 2 pairs of these magnificent lizards in BION’s Breeding CENTER.
One pair + extra males are for sale or trade. We are interested to obtain some Diploglossus lessonae
HERE IN BION TERRARIUM CENTER WE HAVE CERTAIN PRIORITY FOR BREEDING PROJECTS IN 2014:
1. Breeding of Uroplatus spp. (including U. pietschmanni, U.giganteus, U.fimbriatus, U.henkeli, U.sikorae, U.sameti, U.phantasticus, U.ebenaui)
As the matter of fact for today we are proud to have pretty big and stable breeding group of extremely rare U.pietschmanni & U.giganteus.
Other Uroplatus species are reproduced on a regular base in some quantities depends of species.
2. Breeding of Panther chamaeleons (Furcifer pardalis). We are working with Ambilobe, Sambava, Tamatave, Ambanja, Masoala and Nosy Be locations. 5 big rooms 160 sq. m all together are settled for this project.
We got 4245 eggs from our females this year. 3 generation for some lines is already received.
3. Breeding of rare lisard species. We are working with extremely interesting assortment of desert lizards from all over the world :
This year we received positive results from our Xenagama taylori (4 babies in June 2014), Hemitheconyx taylori (Somalia) - 4 babies in June-August 2014, Eublepharis angramainyu (Kermanshah and Ilam provinces, Iran) - 16 babies in July - September 2014 , Abronia graminea (Mexico) - 7 babies in January 2014, Egernia stokesii (Australia) - 18 babies in June-July 2014.
Also we observed copulation between two pairs of our Diploglossus monotropis.
HUGE FURCIFER PARDALIS BREEDING PROGRAM AS BION’S NEW PROJECT!
In November 2011 BION started huge Panther chameleon’s (Furcifer pardalis ) breeding program with goal to supply BION’s customers worldwide with nice assortment of healthy and beautiful chameleons.
As the matter of fact Panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) is one of the most popular and asked-for species at international reptile’s market today from Russia to China!
For this purpose we opened special Chameleon’s breeding department and equipped 5 laboratories with total area 120 sq.m, including nursery, room for incubation, quarantine room and water cleaning station (Osmos). Live food insects are raised on BION’s base as well.
6 reptile’s keepers + 1 supervisor are serving BION’s chameleon’s area.
From January to May 2012 we have already bred 650 hatchlings of Furcifer pardalis (different localities).
By now we are working with different localities like Ambilobe, Ankarami, Sambava, Tamatawa and Masoala. This project is managed in partnership with Chameleon’s Breeding Center in Kharkov, Ukraine.
The breeding stock was collected during last 3 years from different sources, including w.c. imports and c.b. specimens. By now about 1900 eggs are in a process of incubation. The pictures of top color specimens could be seen on BION’s web page, Facebook & You tube. (Together with Furcifer pardalis we are selling wholesale c.b. Chamaeleo calyptratus worldwide since 1998)
We are opened to any requests from breeders and customers!