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Posted by Gecko_King on April 14, 2003 at 13:12:54:
In Reply to: need replies posted by rhacman on April 14, 2003 at 12:00:03:
:I posted this message before but never recieved a reply...grrrrrr....
:Please READ and REPLY PLEASE
:I incubated an egg in my crested gecko viv, at around 76 F, perlite and vermiculite to water 1:1 ratio. I had them in a tub inside the viv, but it grew mold. Why does this always happen with eggs?
:How are everyone else incubating their eggs?
:Do you change the incubation substrate regularly?
Sounds like the egg was kept too moist. This is what I would do:
1) make or buy an incubater. You will be able to monitor the temps much more closely.
2) I would not mix vermiculite with perlite. I would use one or the other. With vermiculite, if you can sqweeze water out of it, it is too wet. With perlite, just add enough water to saturate the material but don't fill the bottom of the container.
If the temp in the egg container stayed around 76f, then your temps were ok. I like to put one small hole in the side of my egg container to release gases.
Good luck with future eggs