Leopard Gecko Hatching Timelapse

Using the camera setup from this post, I captured the hatching of my last set of leopard gecko eggs on time lapse. I had to do a bit of work to get the images into a video though. I used virtualdub to create a RAW AVI from the images which was a 32gig file :frowning: Then I used FFMPEG to convert it to MP4 using the h.264 codec which shrunk it down to 40MB so I could easily upload it.

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Very cool! I have never been able to catch my geckos hatching.

I wasn’t expecting them to hatch for a few more days. I had planned to move them into something without a lid for the hatching so that the lid of the box I use didn’t cause the blurring that you see in the video. Next time I hope to get my timing better or use a clearer cover for the hatching box. I have been considering switching to the deli cup trays for a while so I might give them a shot.

Here are a few key photos from the stills:

First split in the egg, it doesn’t really stand out by itself but you can see it along the top tight of the left egg:

First emergence:

Head fully out:

Almost there:

Second egg splits, thin line right next to the first ones foot:

2nd head out:

First one all the way out:

The second one emerged within 3 frames, about 9 seconds: