> For some reason after moving my Anoles (1M/2F) into their new planted
> vivarium they have been mating like crazy. I am a little concerned about the
> eggs they are laying. My Anole book shows the eggs as being white with
> speckles all over them. So far my female has produced firm yellow eggs and
> one white leathery egg. I am incubating them but I have a feeling something
> isn't quite right here. Any ideas? Am I just paranoid?
> Thanks in advance!
No, you're not paranoid. Good anole eggs should be firm, but not yellow.
The shells should be uniformly calcified. Because they are so small, they
are relatively difficult to candle. You can try candling the eggs with a
very small flashlight or maglight with a halogen (or a bright alternative) bulb.
Look for a distinct pink or reddish area, or in good light, the actual
*** vessels. Anoles are laid at an advanced state of development relative
to many other reptiles, so if the eggs are good, the little embryos are well
on their way. The yellow eggs you have are likely uncalcified and infertile.
You might dust your crickets with calcium carbonate, as it sounds like your
females need some help in this department.
Brian E. Viets, Ph.D.
Nebraska Wesleyan University