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RE: Z. quadrilineatus "Incubation/Husbandry" page 1

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Posted by: 7serpents at Sun May 1 06:50:00 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by 7serpents ]  
   

Sucessfull incubation is achieved at 82f to 86f in "Hovabator" with no constants. Thet Hovabators are set in the basement or dark/cool bathroom (off the floor, on 2x2s)using a Radio Shack Digital Thermometer with the Probe placed through the top hope/red cap placed gently back in thus holding probe in place. Probe is away from wafer and just above egg boxes. The heated air temperature is set at 84f, this allows temperature range. Constants in temperature in any of the Zonosaurus species has resulted in negative results. Egg media is Vermiculite/Percolite/Play Sand & Bed-a-Beast mix.
When setting up egg incubation media: place it in a Cheese Cloth,twist it closed, then in a glass bowl pour in "bottled H2O" , lift it out and twist/squeeze until no more water comes out. Media is then placed in rubbermaid or sterile food containers (unused)at a depth of 1/2". Eggs are place in the media exactly as female has laid them, be sure there is enough air space between the eggs and lid. To setup your egg container 1) drill to place air exchange holes on all 4 side (not lid) 2) use exacto knife to remove any burrs 3) run it the dishwasher to sterilze 4) use Latex gloves to handle containers & eggs to control contamination.

Set temperature on the "Hovabator" 2 weeks before she is expected to drop and record readings/check ranges. Like Chameleon developing eggs need range not constants, but not dramatic (82f is safest low 86f is safest high). Hatching takes 60 to 75 days. I pour bottled H2O into bottom of "Hovabator" to keep humidity good but don't forget to check egg media weekly until the last two weeks. Golden Rule: better alittle dry & add H2O than too much H2O = death of an egg. When adding H2O add just enough to keep MOIST, you can also see this through egg container bottom by lifting it above your head.

Mold happens but does not mean egg is dead. Use a new/clean soft/small modle range paint brush to gently brush mold off the eggs.

Candling eggs will show fertility with yolk vein.


   

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