Leopard Gecko Egg Collecting
How To Mark & Collect Leopard Gecko Eggs For Incubation
Leopard Gecko - Egg Collecting
Egg Collecting entails that you have found eggs in your lay boxes and now need to move them to their incubation boxes, which should already be ready or should be prepared before disturbing the eggs. While this is pretty self explanatory, there are some things you should keep in mind.
Mark The Eggs
Eggs are deposited in a specific manner and that is how the embryo inside begins to develop. When you find eggs in your egg laying boxes, the first thing you should do is take a sharpie and place a small line on the top of the egg like that in the picture. This line will be your identifier for which side is the top. It is crucial that you keep that line facing the top when you move the egg or you could drown the developing embryo inside.
Freshly hatched leopard geckos will sometimes move unhatched eggs around as they explore. When removing hatched leopard geckos, have a look in your trays to ensure that all of the lines on the unhatched eggs are visible and facing upwards.
Placing The Eggs
You should already have an incubation tray waiting for the eggs at this point. Transferring them from the egg laying box to the incubation tray is as simple as picking up the egg, keeping the line you placed on it facing upwards, and placing it in the dimple you made in the substrate of the incubation box. Remember, the egg should be in a dimple that hides roughly half the egg. This allows the egg to absorb moisture from the air as well as the substrate, and also allows for air flow.
Placing The Eggs - Suspension Incubation
Suspension Incubation is an alternative form of egg incubation and is described here: Suspension Incubation
Transferring the eggs simply requires that you carefully place them between the rails with the line facing upwards. Since there is no substrate, there are no additional steps.
Author: Richard Brooks