That was unexpected

As I was checking my tubs I noticed Frosty had condensation on her tub and I figured she made a mess. She decided to redecorate and scattered her humid hide moss around the tank. And while I was starting to clean it up she just stood there smiling at me. Once I set her in a temporary holding container I noticed a surprise in the food dish. AN EGG :grinning: I candled it and I saw the little cheerio. I had paired her with my SHTCT male, Geeko but I didn’t see a lock. Since she’s a proven breeder I’m going to see if I can get the previous pairing info to see if she had retained sperm. I set it up in the incubator incubating it at 81-82* and it should hatch around September 10th.





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Omg she’s adorable!
“I’ve done nothing wrong” face :joy:
Oh can’t wait to see the little one :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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At least the incubator has a window on top because otherwise I’d be opening it a few times a day to see how it’s doing. I guess I should start working on a hatchling rack. :grin: I only found one egg and then I left it how it was (moss everywhere) to see if she was going to lay another. I couldn’t see another in her belly but this one was large so I’m not worried that there isn’t a second.

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OMG how awesome! I’m crossing my fingers for you- you deserve to hear the pitter-pat of little gecko feet!

skipping t-rex GIF

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@mblaney :joy: love the dinosaur skipping

@erie-herps so exciting, fingers crossed for you :crossed_fingers:
We made our snake incubator and I knew I’d need a window for the same reason :blush:

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@mblaney
Thank you! It’s so exciting egg-citing. Now the hard part, waiting 2 months for it to hatch. I can’t wait to hear the pitter-pat but I hope it’s not as large as the dinosaurs’. :rofl:

@foxreptile
Thank you! I think I’m going to end up adding windows to all my future incubators.

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My other female laid 2 eggs a couple days ago. The eggs are very soft and are starting to dimple (I didn’t bother candling, I would’ve incubated no matter what) but still look white in color so I’m hopeful.:crossed_fingers: This female just laid 2 eggs and they are very dry. They were also laid in the food dish but the first one (from the first post) is a little dry too (egg container is plenty humid). I’m not sure if I’m not feeding enough calcium (there’s a dish in there and I dust about every 3 feedings) or if it’s from the lay spot not being humid enough or from the female.

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I wonder why your ladies aren’t using their egg laying box? I’ve heard that females are more likely to lay infertile eggs outside their lay box, and I’ve noticed that as well.

In the past I did have a couple instances of females laying fertile eggs in totally random spots (including a water dish :woman_facepalming:), and I assumed it had to be because they didn’t like something about the lay box I provided. Maybe try modifying your lay box and see if they like it more? Last time I bred my girls, I ended up settling on using peat moss, and that went pretty well.

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I’ll try changing the medium and see if anything works. If they aren’t fertile that would explain why they’re not being laid in the box. She is consistent where she lays her eggs, she scatters the moss around and then lays them in the dish.

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The two eggs from Twinkie deflated. She was the female that had egg problems before, since they were soft to begin with I didn’t have huge hopes for them.

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Aw, darn- I’m sorry dude! Is Frosty’s surprise egg still doing ok? :crossed_fingers:

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So far they’re doing good, they’re so dry that they feel powder-coated (the humidity in the incubation container is high enough). They’ve done good so far and haven’t developed mold or fungus so I’m hopeful that they will survive.

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Last season I lost an egg to dehydration, and it was the worst egg possible to lose. It was both the first and last time I was breeding a certain female. It sounds so simple (collect egg, put in box, come back later for baby lizard), but it still requires both skill & luck.

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Hopefully with more experience I’ll be able to determine what the problem was but I’m guessing they weren’t properly fertilized. The male could be sterile since Frosty was a proven breeder and could’ve retained sperm. Comparing them to the crested gecko egg that hatched (since that’s the only one that I know is good, I can’t compare to any leo eggs) Twinkie’s eggs were way to soft, they didn’t hold their shape (I used a spoon to get one and I took the paper towel out on the other) and Frosty’s eggs were dry and brittle (but candled fertile).

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@mblaney @ghoulishcresties
The baby pipped and I see small movement every once in a while. Do I help it out or will it come out on its own? If I need to help what do I do?

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When did it pip?

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If not come out right away you need to help out. As otherwise they can suffocate.

It’s nose is out, I just noticed it. How should I help it?

I would. I’ve learnt not to leave and wait.
They usually pip and come out very quick.

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I’m rubbing the egg trying to open the pip cut. What is the best way to open the egg?