Females are sexually mature at a head and body length of 5 inches. The alpha male will mate with all females in the group. Females indicate their willingness to mate by lying flat on the ground and raising the tail. The male holds the female firmly in position by a bite to the neck. Using the tail, the male holds the female's legs firmly while pushing his cloacal region close to that of the female. Shortly before laying eggs, the female refuses all food. They lay two clutches of 11 to 25 eggs starting in October. The eggs are usually laid in a moist place. When the time is right the female digs a hole, using the forelegs, then the hind legs. The hole is large enough to accommodate the female, and it is here that the eggs are laid. After the eggs have been laid the hole is carefully covered and compacted by the head and feet.