How to Store and Hatch Lizards’ Eggs
Lizards lay their eggs in clutches of two to eight. They are usually white with numerous black spots on them. The eggs hatch after one month from the time of hatching and they have to be taken care of properly so that their hatching can take place at an appropriate time. Lizards lay their eggs in underground burrows called nodes, where they stay for the next three months. This period is called a gestation period. Most lizards go back to their natural enclosure after they have completed their gestation period.
There are different species of lizards which can be kept as pets and they differ in size and color. Some of them like tortoiseshells or agamores do not like to be handled and hence it makes better sense to let them be wild about their surroundings. They need proper temperature and humidity to thrive and they do not like being handled by humans. Most of these lizards do not like water, so they make good pets at home in places where there is no access to water.
All lizard species, whether they are warm blooded or cold blooded, have a gestation period of about two and a half months. They need a slightly higher temperature to encourage hatching while they are young. If kept in an enclosure that has rocks in the enclosure, they can hide during winter and the warmer months. They will not like extreme temperatures and can get dehydrated. It is advisable to feed them during the day when they are active and during winter, you can add some dried fruits, vegetables, chocolates and meat to their diet.
You will need a container with holes in it, so that the lizard can move in it and lay its eggs. A dark colored cage is preferable. Since they are cold-blooded reptiles, they have a tendency to retain moisture. To make sure that moisture is not retained, you need to buy a container which has holes at the bottom. When the eggs are laid, make sure that the container has been filled with warm water and placed in a sunny place, so that the heat will evaporate.
After the eggs hatch and the lizard moves out of its eggs into its juvenile stage, you should remove the incubator. Remove the substrate from the incubator and wash it in warm soapy water. Check that there is no mildew on it and then put it back in the incubator.
In case of adult lizards, you need to remove the eggs from their incubators and place them in a separate tank. Do not clean the incubators while keeping the eggs in them. This is because adult lizards can be very messy. Wash the incubators well before re-using them. There are also many species of lizards, which lay eggs in water, such asysmata and certain echidnas.
You should wait until the eggs hatch and make sure that they are healthy before you can feed them. You can use a hand or arm feeder for adult lizards. A syringe feeder can be used for hatchlings. If you are trying to hatch lizard eggs in your aquarium, you should remove any live plants or rocks from the bottom of the aquarium to prevent the death of the hatchlings. The best time to hatch your lizard baby is during late spring or early summer, but you can keep trying all the time if you find that the species you are trying to hatch at times fail to breed.
Cover the incubators with a damp paper towel prior to the incubators being exposed to any temperature changes. You can also buy incubators made specifically for lizards. incubator must be cleaned thoroughly after each use. Do not reuse the incubator, but leave it damp if you want to use it again for incubation purposes.