February 15th, 2012. First Baby Lygodactylus williamsi hatched today! Result of my first pairing of Lygodactylus williamsi that I received in trade from the WCRE show in Red Deer, Alberta last year. This baby is around 1 centimeter long, extremely tiny! Still awaiting egg-mate to hatch which will hopefully be tomorrow.
Really excited to see my pair successfully producing healthy babies, especially since Williamsi are from Tanzania where they have stopped the wild-caught exporting of this species. This is great news for the preservation of the gecko as well as other wild-caught animals of the area in general, it means the only way to come across this type of gecko in the years to come will be through private breeders working with them in captivity instead of shipping them in great numbers where most of the animals do not survive. However this subject is a doubled sided sword sometimes; the exports of these kind of animals in some cases promotes eco-tourism and business for deprived third world countries like Tanzania. Which therefore makes banning certain exportation counter-constructive. In concern for the animal however, captive bred = stronger babies, less parasites, less strain on wild collections. I am very happy to be involved in the captive bred movement of this awesome gecko!