HELP: Anole Eggs

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HELP: Anole Eggs

Post by Fea » Wed, 16 Nov 1994 21:46:33



  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!

    Dan


 
 
 

HELP: Anole Eggs

Post by Brian E. Vie » Thu, 17 Nov 1994 12:28:08


Quote:

>   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!

>     Dan



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
presence of
*** 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.
Biology Department
Nebraska Wesleyan University