When you think about lizard eggs, you might think they’re more likely to hatch in the shade of some palm tree or under a large rock. But reptiles are actually capable of hatching anywhere that is warm and humid; even in your back yard! In fact, most reptiles prefer to lay their eggs in an area where they can go out into the open, especially during the day when it’s cooler outside. And where to lay them is important.
Overall temperatures for incubation vary widely for all lizards, from 70 degrees to 95 or so for some species up to 90 or higher. The temperature you incubate your lizard eggs in can also determine the gender of your baby reptiles if held within an appropriate range. Lizards will generally incubate their eggs in a covered container or substrate for up to a month before they hatch. This means you need to move your incubator regularly to keep the area moist and cool. If you have a large lizards cage, or even an outdoor lizard cage, an incubator is an excellent way to make sure your lizards are getting the proper amount of sunlight, warmth and humidity to hatch properly.
For temperate-zone species like African Lizards, Western Redback Lizards, Siamese Lizards, Common Chimney Swallows, etc., you can generally find incubators at most pet stores, or sometimes at your local reptile shows. Indoor and green-room lizard species, such as Carrion Birds and Cockroaches, can usually be found in pet stores and reptile shows. Of course, incubators for temperate-zone species are specially made, but there are a number of commercially-available incubators available. These vary in price and size, with some costing several hundred dollars or more. And most of them are only suitable for small lizards like lizards no bigger than 3 inches long.
For tropical-zone species like Orchids, Sphingids and Damananas, you’ll probably need to purchase an incubator specially designed for them. The most popular ones are usually used by pet retailers to incubate small orders of tropical fish. These incubators are normally made from metal, wood or plastic and contain a thick plastic layer that keeps the substrates (usually eggs) cool and moist while letting the air circulate. They generally require a small ventilation hole in their base.
Of course, not all lizards lay eggs, some don’t even lay eggs. But most lizards do lay at least one or two clutches of eggs each year. When lizards lay eggs, the female takes care of preparing the eggs, feeding the chickens and other pets inside the coop, cleaning the eggs before they’re laid, and cleaning the eggs after the babies have hatched. All the females need to do is incubate the eggs for about a month until the baby lizardlings are born. Usually, it takes only three days.
In choosing your incubator, keep in mind your particular lizard’s requirements. For example, incubators intended for turtles must be deep enough to allow the baby turtles to lay eggs comfortably; they must also be large enough to accommodate the additional weight of the young lizard and their accompanying chicks. You might also consider purchasing several incubators rather than getting a single large one. Lizards usually prefer to have their eggs near their housing areas but they also enjoy having some of their own space. Lizards lay eggs in shallow water, so if you have access to a pond or a lake where they can lay their eggs, this would be the best place to provide them with their incubators. You should also find out what type of incubator the species you have will need as some breeds may not be compatible with certain types of incubators.
Most lizards have a preference for either males or females and they rarely attempt to interbreed. However, interbreeding between species of lizards (including the common painted lizard) has been known to occur when mating between members of two species results in a litter of one member of each sex. This usually occurs between captive reptiles that are of the same sex. Captive male lizards sometimes mate with female lizards and this leads to the formation of a hybrid creature.
After incubation, your new hatchlings will arrive. In the wild, lizards lay their eggs in burrows or under rocks in a process called eggshell scrambling. Hatching is quick and occurs within 24 hours of fertilization. Once your new lizards are old enough, you can move them to an outside enclosure and rear them up on rocks, wood, or wood furniture. They will stay with you until they are fully fledged. They will remain with you as long as you keep their needs in mind, including providing them with enough calcium and vitamin D to maintain their beautiful colors and lively appetites.