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Re: [australianherps] dragon eggs

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  • steve cato
    John, Eggs take on a fair bit of water when incubating and they swell quite alot. They should start to collapse and become baggy looking around a week before
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 1, 2002
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      John,
      Eggs take on a fair bit of water when incubating and
      they swell quite alot. They should start to collapse
      and become baggy looking around a week before they
      hatch.

      Steve.

      --- John Deutscher <extatosoma@...> wrote:
      >
      > To anyone with experience incubating dragon eggs,
      >
      > I have been trying to incubate some jacky eggs over
      > the last few weeks, the
      > first are due to hatch any time now but I'm a bit
      > concerned about the
      > moisture levels of the substrate. I've been using
      > perlite to water at about
      > a 1:0.9 ratio, temperatures between about 29-32. The
      > fertile eggs all look
      > round and white but yesterday I realised how much
      > they had swelled up when
      > another clutch was laid and I made the comparison.
      > The eggs which have been
      > incubating for three to six weeks are at least twice
      > the volume of freshly
      > laid eggs. Is this normal or is it unhealthy? The
      > substrate feels completely
      > dry to touch.
      >
      > One egg which was due to hatch has become covered in
      > condensation, I have
      > lowered the moisture level by soaking up all the
      > condensation on the lid and
      > walls of the tub with absorbant paper each day.
      >
      > What are normal egg weight changes over the
      > incubation period? I assume most
      > dragon eggs are fairly similar, so I'd like to hear
      > from people with
      > experience with any agamids.
      >
      > Thanks,
      >
      > -John
      >
      >
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