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Perlite is supposed to feel dry...


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Posted by Bluerosy on April 23, 2003 at 23:00:12:

In Reply to: also posted by sasheena on April 22, 2003 at 22:45:25:

..to the touch. If you added water then there is PLENTY of humididty. Most herpers have their eggs way to moist. That is why I prefer perlite over other substrates. It keeps the eggs dry and gives lots of oxygen and air flow to the bottom of the eggs.
BTW take the paper towel off the top of the eggs and don't worry about the dimples. Time will tell if they are fertile. If they have a yelowish tint or seem a tad transparent then you might have something to worry about. If they are snow white and start collapsing a little (dimples)then they are fine! Don't worry! sometimes they dimple up for no reason and adding more humidity or moisture is a sure way to ruin a good clutch.
In the wild these eggs are laid in some rather dry substrate and they make if fine. Like I said most herpers put to much water into their egg substrate.


:I've also put a thermometer and humidity meter in the container to monitor both.

:~Sasheena

::It's been 48 hours, and most of them are still fairly soft to the touch (should they be hard?) and some seem to be dimpling. I've been finding that the perlite is dry after only a few hours. I have closed some of the holes in the container leaving only a couple, and draped a moist paper towel over the eggs. :( I'm afraid that I've messed it all up. *sigh* Any advice? How do I "candle" the eggs when they are in a clump? What's a sure sign of "dead eggs"? What to do? Thanks in advance for any advice. I'm sure there's ton of advice in the forum, and I'm going to use the search engine to search for advice, but in the meantime I thought I'd see if anyone can give me any pointers. If it's not already too late, I would love to be able to save these eggs, and/or know I'm just worrying needlessly. Thanks again for any answers to my questions.

::~Sasheena

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