Unfortunately I don’t have a pic of the baby in question - it unfortunately did not survive the night. I don’t know if it was ever going to be a viable hatchling anyway but I’m still bummed out. This is really my first ventire into ‘breeding’ and its been a stressful nightmare.
A little more context: I work at an entertainment aquarium and a coworker owned the parents of all the eggs but has rehomed several of them in the months leading up to now. The aquarium itself has a 1.1 pair from this coworker that are the parents of the baby in question and they had two sets of 1.3 breeding in their personal home - 10 geckos in total.
I was originally given 12 eggs from the two 1.3 pairs and the pair at the aquarium had 4 eggs themselves that I took (if I don’t take them they get left in the dirt to die and rot. I also cannot separate the pair as I’m not allowed to do so, I have begged countless times to remove our male and female animals if we cannot care for the repercussions of them being together). Unfortunately though, all4 eggs have been housed with not only the parents but a 0.0.3 set of white’s tree frogs trampling them and my coworkers just grabbing them out of the dirt willy nilly without realizing you can’t roll reptile eggs. I suspect this plus being transported in my vehicle to my home and the incubator to be a huge factornin why only 1 baby has hatched sucessfully and the other was so malformed.
So far I’ve had some failures and a few successful hatchings with that mix. I have lost 1 egg, 2 hatchlings, 3 eggs yet to hatch, and 10 babies who are doing remarkably well all things considered.
Its a lot, right? It gets better…
This past weekend the coworker gave me two 20g high tanks and lo and behold, after being jostled around and left in the elements there were 14 more eggs - each one fertile and viable. I, however, don’t know if any will make it as they were all rolled and tossed around when the dirt was removed to clean them and several were dimpled from drying out and fairly cold. I have them now in a stable 70*f incubator at 85% humidity, they’re all very plump and have all lost their denting. Again, I’m not going to hold out that any will make it to term because of their jostling.
I honestly just want whats’ best for the babies and do have people, rescues, pet stores, and adoption agencies all lined up for who makes it; plus I will be holding back a few myself. It’s been an event and a half and I’m trying my best to give them the best chance possible.
Edit: addressing some questions and concerns! I won’t be cutting any more unless I see some pipping.
The dad is a health disaster was what I was told in terms of breeding him from his original owner. Other than being your typical 0 braincell crested gecko, he’s been fine. The female he’s paired with, however, throws TINY eggs.
I’ll attach some pictures of the current babies. The solo gecko in my hand will be my personal pet as he’s the sibling of the deceased malformed baby that this thread was originally about - he’s(?) 1.2g of pure baby rage. Tiny little thing!
I wouldn’t mind some help on morph identification foe the rest of these guys too! First pic will be dad.
And his tiny 0.0.1 baby!
These are from the two unknown 1.3 pairs and are all mixed together. Again, morph help would be wonderful!