View Full Version : First ever hatchling from first ever egg...! ADVICE NEEDED!!

12-23-2005, 01:13 AM
Well, I just came home from work to find my first ever hatchling from my first ever egg!!! It's a Golden Tail. Gorgeous little thing, perfectly formed and very frisky! Tried to escape when I opened to container!

No photos yet I'm afraid as batteries are flat ARGGGGG!!!! Am recharging them now.

Just wanted to ask advice as to what to do from here.

I've put her/him in a small deli container with damp kitchen roll in the bottom and have folded a portion of it over so she/he has some cover if needed. What do I do from here? When should I first feed, etc, etc!!?!?!?!? When should I move to sand/peat substrate

BTW, she/he has hatched with the right markings but no gold/yellow tail (is grey at the moment) and grey eyes rather than red. I'm assuming that these will come with age?

VERY EXCITED!!! Will post pics asap. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


12-23-2005, 01:36 AM
Congrats! I've never bred taenicauda, but i would say keep it in the small deli container until it's first shed at least, then set it up in it's hatchling enclosure. I prefer to keep all babies on paper towel until they are adults. As for feeding, i wait to feed my babies until 5-7 days after they hatch to make sure they have a strong appetite, therefore a strong feeding response and are able to get off to a good start.

The colors should come, it is my understanding that taens hatch out rather dull and start developing their color once they hit 3-4 months of age.

Again, congratulations and best of luck with the little guy! I can't wait to see pics!

12-23-2005, 01:54 AM
Thanks Brandon! How much and how often should I feed?


12-23-2005, 01:56 AM
Eh, once again i've never kept or bred these guys, but I feed every other night w/about 3-7 appropriately sized crickets. I know my babies (rhacs and strophs) are absolute pigs!

12-23-2005, 01:57 AM

this was back when i could keep geckos :cry:

I'll have some soon again though! It's hard to live without em!

12-23-2005, 02:02 AM

this was back when i could keep geckos :cry:

I'll have some soon again though! It's hard to live without em!

thats what mothers are for :lol:

Jerry Peebles
12-23-2005, 02:04 AM
Hi Sarah-

Set them up just like the adults but smaller and a bit simpler. They will not eat until after their first shed (about 5-7 day) and normally don't eat a lot at first. Normally, they eat 3-5 crickets (or roaches) but it changes from time to time as they grow. That is one reason I like to keep their setup pretty simple at first so I can keep an eye on how much (or how little) they are eating. They get adult coloration in a few months. Congratulations!


12-23-2005, 02:33 AM
Thanks guys! Much appreciated.

Should I use dampened kitchen roll or dry kitchen roll at the moment?


Jerry Peebles
12-23-2005, 02:40 AM
Dry kitchen roll and lightly mist once a day for drinking water.


12-23-2005, 03:39 AM
Here are a few pics. He/she is VERY dark so difficult to photograph, but you get the idea. I'm a proud first time Mummy!!


Geckophile Admin
12-23-2005, 03:42 AM
I am excited for you! What a little looker.

12-23-2005, 03:47 AM
Thank you Nathan!

I actually squealed like a kid at Christmas when I saw the screwed up egg case and tiny grey creature in the container!

Best Christmas pressie ever, especially considering I thought that this egg was cooked due to overheating.


Geckophile Admin
12-23-2005, 03:58 AM
If you truly adore geckos, that great feeling you are experiencing right now revisits every time a gecko hatches out. I get most excited, obviously, when it is a new species. I found my first breeder cards from 1989 the other day! I think I hatched out 10 (some leopards and bandeds) or so geckos that year, but each one is ingrained in the happy part of my brain :D . There was no turning back. I love this!!!

12-23-2005, 04:00 AM
Very cute..Congrats.. :D

12-23-2005, 04:16 AM
Awsome...this year was my first year hatching anything..and it was awsome...nice looking strop

12-23-2005, 04:50 AM
I cross my fingers that more of this beauties will hatch, Sarah!

12-23-2005, 07:43 AM
Thanks guys!

It was so amazing to see the tiny little hatchling looking up at me, fully formed and independent.

I still get over-excited when I get eggs, but have stopped posting pictures of them all now. I guess one egg pretty much looks the same as another when they aren't your own, hehehe!

Can't wait for the next clutch now!! Two whole weeks before the next clutch is due!

Will post more pics when he has had his first shed.


12-23-2005, 01:00 PM
He looks great! It will be really neat to watch his colors change as he grows i bet.

12-23-2005, 04:51 PM
Yes, it will! He's very dull at the moment. It will be lovely to see him blossom to beauticul colours like his parents. He already has the black spots on him, but he doesn't have the golden tail or red eyes just yet.

Isn't this hobby just FANTASTIC!!!

12-23-2005, 05:20 PM
Okay, couldn't resist!! managed to get some much better photos in daylight. This little one does have the red eyes already, it's just so small that you can't tell in real life!!


12-23-2005, 05:25 PM
Awesome news Sarah, and great pics. Keep them coming!

Tom Wood

12-23-2005, 06:06 PM
hello Sarah, congrats on the hatchling and keep them coming.
it looks strong and healthy, so i think that would be easy to raise up this little one.
regards stefan

12-23-2005, 06:36 PM
That's good to hear Stefan, as he is my first hatchling. There was only one egg in the clutch, and it was a very big egg, especially by the end of incubation!


12-23-2005, 07:57 PM
Thats soo cool, congrats!

Elizabeth Freer
12-25-2005, 05:08 AM

Congratulations! You deserve to feel quite proud!! Hope that this represents only the beginning of your association with geckos :D

12-25-2005, 05:22 AM
Hiya Sarah

Congrats all round. That is so tiny. You are the luckiest.

12-26-2005, 04:55 AM
Thanks guys,

The hatchling is doing very well. I just went in to take a few new shots with my Christmas pressie (new camera!) and Alice (the female Golden Tail) is in the process of laying again, so I've left her to her digging and I'll go take some shots when she has finished.

For the first few days the hatchling has been hiding under the kitchen roll, but today it is sitting on the small vine I have put in for it. So cute!


12-26-2005, 09:05 AM
That's fantastic that everything is doing well. Deff. post pics whe it gets the infamous Taenicauda colors :)

12-26-2005, 10:11 PM
Congrats on your new addition and thanks for sharing pics.

12-29-2005, 03:08 AM
Thanks for the well wishes.

The little one has had the first shed and is eating like a piglet! Here's a couple of pics post shed and a pic I just took of the proud parents.


12-29-2005, 11:21 AM
great lookin' parents! They both look very healthy and the mom looks gravid.

12-29-2005, 11:25 AM
Great pics, I simply adore these guys.

12-29-2005, 04:21 PM
Thanks guys,

Brandon, actually Alice has only just laid another clutch a couple of days ago, so she's empty at the moment, she's just nice and plump.