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Posted by johne on May 14, 2003 at 08:21:42:
In Reply to: New owner worried about gravid female posted by GEM on May 13, 2003 at 17:00:34:
8" deep is a bit extreme...here is what I do...
I put two bricks (standard sized brick in the corner of the tank, forming an "L" shape. In between this area, I fill it to the top of the bricks with sand (about 4" deep). Next, I put either a large terre cotte flower pot BASE, or a large flat rock over the bricks. Moisten the sand homogeneously...not dripping wet, and no dry spots. This gives her an adequate area with nice darkness. I use this method and it works very well.
The female will stop eating a few days prior to eating, and you may see her spending more dig digging into the area. I add water to the area every few days, after checking dampness. When she finally lays, I try to remove the eggs asap, to get them in a safe incubator. Hope that helps you out.