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
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
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,