Iguana Egg Incubators
Incubator Ideas For Iguana Eggs
Incubating Iguana Eggs
In order to incubate your iguana eggs you will need some sort of incubation unit or method. There are several options for enthusiasts that can cater to this need with varying degrees of success and financial investments. We will discuss some of the more popular methods and techniques for incubating your iguana eggs. Many of these methods can be applied to other species of reptile as well.
There are numerous incubators available within the pet trade that would suffice in incubating your iguana eggs. The two presented above are the most popular incubators being used in the industry for reptile eggs as they are inexpensive compared to other commercial incubators and they work. I have been using Hovabators myself for many years with varying reptile species. In addition to the two displayed you will find that the price ranges increase as the technology does. Some of the brand names that currently exist and are in use by breeders include the Exo-Terra Reptile Incubator, Zoo Med Reptibator, Animal Plastics Incubator, Juragon Advanced Incubator, among others.
You need to decide how much money you are willing to spend (money = technology and size), how many eggs will need incubating and what space you have available. Some of the designer incubators have been created to incubate numerous eggs at a time and can be fairly large with an equally large pricetag. As you become a more skilled breeder of iguanas or other species, you can always look into upgrading your system.
If this is your first attempt at breeding iguanas or other reptiles and you want something inexpensive but reliable, I personally suggest either the Hovabator or the Little Giant 9000.
If you are mechanically inclined and prefer those do-it-yourself projects, keep reading. There are many ways to hatch those eggs and you might have the supplies to build your own incubator.
Mini Refridgerbator Incubator
I came across a really inexpensive wine cooler that had a bit of damage and I decided it needed to become an incubator because of how well it could hold humidity. This incubator was designed for use with ball python eggs as well as the leopard gecko projects I had running at the time. A wrote up how I built this incubator on our Mini Refridgerbator Incubator articles page.
Aquarium incubators are not as reliable as store bought incubators because of temperature fluctuations. This type of incubator is fine for someone experimenting or learning their way around incubation techniques but should be passed up when dealing with iguana eggs unless you are in a bind. Do not get me wrong, this method can work but requires you to be vigilant on monitoring the incubation temperatures. You can find instructions on creating an aquarium incubator on our Fishtank Incubator Design page.
Nesting Box Incubation
With some minor tweaks to our nesting box design, you could actually incubate the eggs directly where they are laid. This concept is based off of our Iguana Nesting Box Design and may need to be adapted to your own design.
The entire concept of incubating eggs is to provide a constant heat gradient and ambient humidity level. How you achieve this can be done many ways. In the case of incubating within the nesting box itself, you simply need to make some adjustments for a heat source and a thermostat.
The lid of the nesting box can easily accomodate a ceramic light fixture. This will allow you the ability to use ordinary light bulbs to generate heat or you may need to go to something stronger, like a ceramic heat emitter. You will need to experiment to get the desired temperatures but if you only intend on breeding once, this would be a very inexpensive means to incubating the eggs since you should already have the nesting box created. A quality thermostat and digital thermometer should be used in conjunction with your heat source to properly monitor and regulate the temperature.
Author: Richard Brooks
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