As reptile breeders, we are always on the lookout for the best process to increase our successful hatch rate. There are three main factors to consider when setting up an incubator or container for your reptile eggs — humidity, oxygen, and temperature. Argillite is a clay media that has been calcined creating a porous surface area that retains water longer — easing your humidity concerns.
Hatch rate in reference to incubation is determined by the amount of eggs that hatch divided by the total of eggs deposited into the incubator. If you have a total of 14 eggs from a single Crested Gecko and 11 successfully hatch you will divide 11 by 14 for a 78% hatch rate.
Incubating for Tropical Species
SuperHatch is the optimum choice If you are breeding a species that requires a moderate to high humidity for incubation. Using a container or sieve, fill the amount of media required to reach 3/4 of the container your eggs will go into. Soak the Calcined Clay for five-ten minutes and strain the water for another 5 minutes. This is your starting point.
After you have moved your SuperHatch to the container your eggs will go into, lightly compact and place your hygrometer in the container. Check the humidity for the proper range your eggs will need to be incubated at. If the humidity is too high you can remove a portion of the soaked SuperHatch with dry media and check the humidity after a period of time has transpired.
Incubating for Arid Species
Fill your container with 3/4 Calcined Clay to measure how much media you will need. Remove half the media by weight and place the other half in a container or sieve. Allow the media to soak for five to ten minutes. Drain the water from the container or sieve for at least five minutes. Now you can combine the soaked and dry media in the container you will later add your eggs to. Monitor the humidity level and add water in low increments until your container has adequate humidity.
Crested Geckos are well adapted to their environment feeding on insects, fruits and nectar. Crested Geckos are also capable of determining palatable foods by smell. Generally speaking a reptiles diet in captivity is less varied in comparison to that of one in nature. For this reason it is important to offer your reptiles the most nutritional diet available.
If you read any publication on Crested Geckos (including cousins), Day Geckos, or any fruit eating gecko; you become familiar with Allen Repashy and a formulated diet, often unnamed but recommended, by the author. With Allen's colony of Crested Geckos, one of the largest in the United States, he has been able to develop and fine tune a diet that can sustain fruit eating geckos even through the demanding process of breeding. When we look for food to offer our pets we often look for the ingredients to be natural and high grade. Allen has spared no expense in this department and after a quick glance we were onto ordering and testing the food.
There are two forms of the diet that we offer. Crested Gecko MRP which is the original formula with Strawberry and Banana flavor combined and also Mango and Peach sold separate. The second is the Day Gecko MRP which is a sweeter formula with Cherry and Fig flavoring which Day Geckos go crazy for. We used to offer the Two Part Crested Gecko Diet until it was discontinued.
Feeding Crested Gecko Diet
A single Crested Gecko will eat approximately 4 ounces over the course of a month. We like to offer the diet three days a week -- Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We allow the leftovers to stay in the enclosure until the following feeding day. This allows the diet to ripen, which in our experience, increases the feeding response. On days that we feed CGD we do not offer live feeders. There is enough calcium and Vitamin D3 provided in the complete formula and to err on the side of caution we do not want to offer too much Calcium/Vitamin D3 as that holds the same reprocussions as not enough. We recommend dusting all feeeder insects with a Calcium powder with Vitamin D3 such as "Calcium Plus ICB" for nocturnal species that are not under direct full spectrum lighting.
Although developed for Crested Geckos other fruit eating geckos will benefit from the nutritional value of the Diet. Eurydactylodes, Lygodactylus, Phelsuma, Bavayia, Gehyra, Gekko (Golden Geckos and White-Lined Geckos).
CGD comes in a resealable bag and after opening you can store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
The modern Exo-Terra lighting fixtures are designed to fit atop their innovative terrarium enclosures. These fixtures incorporate built in fans to circulate air and reduce heat but eliminate much needed room for internal components and compromise bulb length. The Arcadia 30" T8 Flourescent Bulb is the longest lasting bulb on the market and most advanced technology compared to the included bulb.
A 36" Exo-Terra dual top measures 36" but actually accepts a 30" Flourescent T8 bulb.