Savanah laying eggs - need info.

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Savanah laying eggs - need info.

Post by Daryel Nan » Wed, 07 Dec 1994 12:24:28



I have a newly purchased savannah (possibly a cape monitor subspecies - it
has brown color with yellow/orange bands). On the way home it laid an egg.
Ok, so we know that *** occurred four to six weeks ago (The Herpto-
cultural Library, "The General Care and Maintenance of Savannah Monitors";
Pub. Advanced Vivarium Systems, Inc.) The egg was removed and washed and
over the course of a day hardened and shrunk with some discoloration. The
reason for washing was that the lizard was transported in a box previously
used to ship crickets and has a residue of cricket droppings - the egg
had come in contact with the stuff.  Anyway the deformed shape and trans-
lucent discoloration caused me to dispose of it.

Day 2 - there are two more eggs. They look good and are firming up well.
She laid them in processed corn cob bedding. I know the snake arguments
against corn cob; but I feed my Savannahs out of ceramic bowls and quickly
remove uneaten food - so virtually no ingesting of corn cob bedding. The
corn bed allows me to very cleanly extract the Savannah defacation and keep
the lizards very clean.

Question 1:     How many eggs are normal? She is about 18" long and moderately
well fattened.

The book recommends incubating in vermiculite 50% and water 50% at 85-86 F
degrees. (Percentages by weight not volume) The eggs incubate for 116 to
180 days.

Question 2:     Any suggestions on the incubation? Any warnings, etc.? I am
assuming because of her size, this may be her first lay of eggs.

Thanks for any observations, assistance, and enlightenment,

 
 
 

Savanah laying eggs - need info.

Post by Michael J. Bals » Fri, 09 Dec 1994 13:11:35


Quote:
> Question 1:     How many eggs are normal? She is about 18" long and moderately
> well fattened.

Savannah monitors (usually this means Capes or white-throats, actually,
but we won't argue taxonomy here) are reported to lay between 5 and 50
eggs. Usually depends on age and size. Yours is rather young for this, so
I would not expect to see too many more, if any.

Quote:

> The book recommends incubating in vermiculite 50% and water 50% at 85-86 F
> degrees. (Percentages by weight not volume) The eggs incubate for 116 to
> 180 days.

Other substrates I've seen mentioned were peat moss, sand, and "soil".
Incubation tepms I've seen reported were between 27 to 30 degrees C.

Quote:

> Question 2:     Any suggestions on the incubation? Any warnings, etc.? I am
> assuming because of her size, this may be her first lay of eggs.

Always be alert against too much humidity or too little humidity. Watch
for fungus and either remove infected eggs or see if the offending fungus
can be removed (I'd remove them, they are probably dead).

They are probably her first.  Good luck.

Mike Balsai