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Didn't use nesting box...any ideas?


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Posted by mikecoscia on April 22, 2003 at 07:43:30:

In Reply to: Didn't use nesting box...any ideas? posted by TammyP on April 21, 2003 at 19:15:02:

How old is the female? Is it her first clutch or first year breeding? Reason I ask is the eggs may be infertile. If they are the gecko may sometimes not even bother to bury them. This usually results with eggs on the floor of the cage, water bowel, etc. Crested gecko eggs have thicker shells then say leopard geckos do. So it will appear dry and firm. As long as there are no dents they should be fine (assuming they are fertile). The eggs do not have to be perfectly shaped either, as long as they are the right size. If they are too big or small it may also indicate the egg is infertile. However it does not hurt to throw them in the incubator, you never know what is going to happen. As for the nest box keep it. She prob did not use it because of the above reason or what bill mentioned (not moist enough); I doubt it was because she did not like it. I use them in all my Rhac cages and they lay in them every time. Also keeps the cage cleaner (they fling the stuff every where when they lay), substrate remains moist longer, female can lay in peace (no other geckos jumping on her), and it prevents an accidental ingestion while hunting (if you do not bowl feed). Anyway Good Luck with the eggs =).
-Mike



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