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Incubating Reptile Eggs With SuperHatch
As reptile breeders we want to utilize the best products and process to increase the odds for the successful hatching of the egg. You will see hatchrate quite often which is the percent of successful hatching. There are a number of factors that affect a hatchrate but one of the most important is humidity. We have solved the humidity problem and made it quite easy to sustain. Below is how we use SuperHatch by Repashy Superfoods to increase the odds of a successful reptile hatching.
Conventional Incubation Method
Select a large sized container. We cruise the big chain stores for opaque rubbermaid containers at least 8"L x 5"W x 4"H. The greater the area for media results in a greater area for water to form humidity and an appropriate oxygen exchange.
There are two methods to ventilating the incubator. The first method uses a safety pin to puncture a single hole in the top of the lid. You will want to weigh the container to determine if any water loss has occurred over the course of incubation. The incubator will be more susceptible to environmental changes and evaporation with this method.
The second incorporates a sealed container and daily removing of the lid for proper oxygen exchange. This method will limit the environmental change and keep humidity consistent. We prefer this method.
Fill the container with Superhatch at least 2/3 to 3/4 full. Fill the container with water just above the media. Place the lid over the container and allow for the water to drip until it stops. You can also use a fine strainer to remove excess water. Shake the container to even out the media or use your hand to push the media around and compact it. Use your index finger and indent the media to half the size of the egg. Place the egg in the divot and be sure that half the egg is above the media. If the egg is too deep you will get too much water around the egg, something you do not want.
Incubate the eggs between 72°F and 76°F or room temperature. Do not go below 70°F or above 80°F. The cooler the temperature the longer the neonate will have to absorb the entire yolk sack and hatch larger and healthier.
Suspended Incubation Method
Incubation Container Squamata S.I.M Incubator, suspends the egg above the incubation media to prevent drowning and improved yolk absorption.
Ventilation A single hole is recommended by Squamata. We are currently testing the two ventilation methods.
Media Repashy Superhatch is recommended however any media should be adequate as this method works with a fill line where the water must reach and is easily determined by a line on the side of the container.
Temperature Incubate the eggs between 72°F and 76°F or room temperature. Do not go below 70°F or above 80°F. The cooler the temperature the longer the neonate will have to absorb yolk and the warmer the temperature the less time for incubation.
- Do not allow water to go below the fill line.
- Condensation should reach just above the eggs on the sides of the incubator.
- If eggs dent or shrivel there is not enough humidity.
- Apply a drop of water to the egg, fill incubator with water.
- Check the temperature of the incubator. Chances are the ambient temperature is not high enough to produce appropriate humidity.
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