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rhaco
05-20-2018, 09:09 AM
Hi everyone,

I noticed there haven't been posted any new pictures in this subforum for quite a while.
I haven't posted on this forum for like 10 years...
Time to show you my E. hardwickii pair I guess. :D
They are named Hard and Vicky ;-)

Best regards,
Johannes

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acpart
05-20-2018, 09:48 PM
Nice looking geckos! Thanks for sharing.

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Elizabeth Freer
05-21-2018, 01:40 AM
Welcome back, Johannes! GU is hanging in there, but members are significantly less active.

Hard and Vicky make an awesome couple. I hope you'll share their offspring when the time comes. :biggrin:

rhaco
07-08-2018, 01:37 PM
I hope you'll share their offspring when the time comes. :biggrin:

Found this little guy in the incubator today.

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GeckoLeen
07-08-2018, 07:40 PM
Just love the ones of him/her on your thumb!

rhaco
07-09-2018, 11:38 AM
And the other one is on its way...
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rhaco
07-09-2018, 01:56 PM
... and it's out!
Wow. They nearly look exactly the same. Will be kind of hard to distinguish. Never had that problem with my E. macularius babys. But these two even have the same spot on the tail and spotting on the chin :roll:

here are pictures of the one that hatched today:
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Elizabeth Freer
07-10-2018, 06:09 AM
... and it's out!
Wow. They nearly look exactly the same. Will be kind of hard to distinguish. Never had that problem with my E. macularius babys. But these two even have the same spot on the tail and spotting on the chin :roll:

here are pictures of the one that hatched today:
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How exciting! Thanks for sharing! :biggrin:

Once a geckophile, always a geckophile, Johannes?

rhaco
08-06-2018, 04:30 PM
Both babies are 4 weeks old now. Growing and eating nicely.
I created a facebook page to frequently post pictures of my E. hardwickii.
If you are interested just search for "Hardwickii Hamburg".

Enjoy:

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rhaco
09-12-2018, 07:40 AM
Some Update-pictures at two months of age:
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rhaco
10-16-2018, 07:45 AM
Some autumn-themed update pictures at 100 days of age.
Enjoy:
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rhaco
11-08-2018, 02:50 PM
A new month. You guessed it: time for an update at 4 month of age.
I already posted these photos on my FB-page a few days ago. But this thread seems to have a lot more interested viewers than my page :blushing: So here we go:
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To be honest they do not change that much at the moment. Just growing and gaining weight.
Maybe I should skip the december update. We'll see.

Elizabeth Freer
11-08-2018, 04:29 PM
Many of us Geckos Unlimited keepers love seeing your photos! Ya know what they say: A picture is worth 1,000 words!

If you're weighing these Eublepharis hardwickii, you might post that as comparisons.

GeckoLeen
11-08-2018, 07:47 PM
They are absolutely beautiful, and I don't mind looking at them anytime! :)

rhaco
12-03-2018, 04:58 PM
No time for fancy photos this month. But these two ladies do not want to disappoint their loyal GU fans.
So here comes a quick update at 5 months of age:

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If you're weighing these Eublepharis hardwickii, you might post that as comparisons.

On my FB page I always post the current weight with the new photos. The one that is one day older started with a 0.8g advantage and is now leading with over 3g.

rhaco
12-31-2018, 07:14 PM
Happy New Year!
I hope 2019 brings more Hardwickii babys so I can keep this thread running ;-)

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GeckoLeen
12-31-2018, 07:47 PM
Gosh, these are beautiful little guys!

Elizabeth Freer
12-31-2018, 11:15 PM
Happy New Year!
I hope 2019 brings more Hardwickii babys so I can keep this thread running ;-)

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What awesome photo greetings! Us too, Johannes! It's refreshing to watch both your E. hardwickii ladies mature from Oregon, USA.

Thanks for stopping by with your good wishes. I hope 2019 brings health and happiness to you and to all your critters. :cheer:

rhaco
01-10-2019, 09:26 PM
Here comes the January update at 6 months of age. Enjoy
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These two will be available for the Hamm show in March.
So that means if somebody buys them, there will only be one or two more updates on them.
But if I hatch some more babies this season I will post their photos as well.

Elizabeth Freer
01-11-2019, 01:15 AM
We've all appreciated these photos so far. If you do sell them in a couple months, I hope you'll continue on with newbies in the future.

Geecko123
01-12-2019, 05:30 PM
wow beautifull geckos.

rhaco
01-27-2019, 12:25 PM
Here are some new photos as they are now 200 days old:

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And as I never posted this here, I will upload two photos of this awesome original painting of all the Eublepharis species by the artist Emily Burke. The original stays with me but she has prints available on her website: All Products · Emily Burke Artwork · Online Store Powered by Storenvy (http://emilyburkeartwork.storenvy.com/products)
(I hope it's ok to advertise a little. But she is a very talented artist and I think a lot of Eublepharis keepers would love a print of this special artwork!)

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GeckoLeen
01-27-2019, 05:03 PM
LOVE that last photo of him with the artwork!

acpart
01-27-2019, 10:58 PM
Check out the Gecko Time article on Emily Burke and her reptile sculptures here: Reptiles: An Artistic Perspective - Gecko Time - Gecko Time (http://www.geckotime.com/reptile-art-emily-burke/)

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rhaco
02-18-2019, 03:34 PM
Update at 7 months of age:

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In addition I want to share some information about how Eublepharis hardwickii lives in the wild.
Little information on the husbandry of this beautiful and shy Eublepharis species can be found on the internet let alone in books.
A little cooler and at higher humidity than the other Eublepharis species seems to be the general consensus.
But what it the right temperature? What is the right humidity?
Trying to answer those questions you would have to study the animals in the wild. I asked someone who travelled several times to India to research Eublepharis hardwickii.
I asked him about his findings and he allowed me to share them.
To be clear: These are not my observations, so I wont be able to answer any questions about the following information.
I just share it here because it could be of use for a lot of people here:

- Adult animals were mainly active in June - August during raining season
- Females found at that period were still not gravid so it can be assumed that they lay their eggs later in the year
- No freshly hatched babies were found so it is unclear when babies hatch in the wild
- All juveniles found in June and July already had 12 - 15 gram and were probably hatchlings of the previous year
- The main rainfall and therefore most humid climate is from June until September; humidity gets up to 80 - 100% during these times
- In the winter its dry as it rains very rarely
- Wild Eublepharis hardwickii are strictly nocturnal with main activity from 7pm-10pm when its drizzling. If it is too dry or too wet they wont come out
- They were only found in the forests, never near roads or cities
- They were found in forests at 600-800 meters altitude
- The temperature in the forest during their main activity months was never above 30C and was lowering to 22-24C at night
- From December until March no animals were found
- The coldest month is January, around 20C at daytime, lowering to 13C at night
- In March during the day 25 - 27 C, at night still lowering to 13 - 15C

Everyone can draw their own conclusions from this.
What I learned from this:
- The hot area in the terrarium should not be over 30C and even lower at night when the animals are active
- Humidity varies a lot in the course of the year: during their active months they like high humidity but the terrarium should not be too wet
- During hibernation you do not need to spray them that much

acpart
02-18-2019, 11:30 PM
That does go along with what I've observed with my single female E. hardwickii. She has 3 areas of hides and almost never chooses the warm hides. Last month she was in the coldest area and didn't eat much.

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GeckoLeen
02-19-2019, 07:39 AM
They sure are beautiful.

rhaco
02-25-2019, 08:12 AM
Hibernation is over for my Eublepharis hardwickii breeders, so I took a quick mother and daughter photo.
Mom on the left, 7-months-old daughter on the right:

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rhaco
03-09-2019, 05:43 PM
8-month Update:
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rhaco
03-10-2019, 05:52 PM
Portrait of my breeder male. Looking sharp after hibernation. 8-)

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rhaco
04-17-2019, 12:16 PM
Update at 9 months of age:
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And as I never posted these pictures here; two more photos of daddy:
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rhaco
04-24-2019, 04:12 AM
Two more photos of the 9-month old girls

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rhaco
05-05-2019, 03:23 PM
Some more photos of the sisters posing for the camera

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Geecko123
05-05-2019, 05:59 PM
they are both so adorable! and what great pics also, great job.:biggrin:

rhaco
05-16-2019, 03:44 PM
Update at 10 months of age:
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And two photos of their mother:
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Elizabeth Freer
05-19-2019, 03:07 AM
Thanks so much, Johannes!

Have you more eggs in the incubator? How long does it usually take from laying to hatching?

rhaco
05-20-2019, 01:24 PM
Thanks so much, Johannes!

Have you more eggs in the incubator? How long does it usually take from laying to hatching?

My plan is to successfully incubate at least one clutch this season. I do it just for fun and for all the loyal visitors of this GU thread and my FB page. And to maybe find the right temperature to produce males.
I only hatched the two babies from last season so far. So I cannot make a statement about average incubation time. Last season they took about 50 days.
The first clutch of this season is incubating since 40 days so far. But I am not sure they are fertile. Well see.
I pulled the second clutch of the season today.
I really hope I can post some new baby photos soon.

Until then, another portrait of the sisters from last season:

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Elizabeth Freer
05-23-2019, 07:07 AM
My plan is to successfully incubate at least one clutch this season. I do it just for fun and for all the loyal visitors of this GU thread and my FB page. And to maybe find the right temperature to produce males.
I only hatched the two babies from last season so far. So I cannot make a statement about average incubation time. Last season they took about 50 days.
The first clutch of this season is incubating since 40 days so far. But I am not sure they are fertile. We’ll see.
I pulled the second clutch of the season today.
I really hope I can post some new baby photos soon.

Until then, another portrait of the sisters from last season:

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Thanks, Johannes! This thread has 24,500+ views so far! That's remarkable.

These Eublepharis harwickii have an exceptional fan club.

rhaco
08-10-2019, 03:10 PM
My Eublepharis hardwickii pair enjoying a special meal: Silkworms (Bombyx mori)

Female:
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rhaco
09-08-2019, 02:07 PM
Update of the Eublepharis hardwickii sisters at 14 months of age.

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Elizabeth Freer
09-09-2019, 03:51 AM
Those sisters have been growing like weed(s). :coverlaugh:

Thanks for sharing their progress!

Herpin Man
09-09-2019, 07:08 PM
Those are really nice geckos. They seem to have qualities of both leopards and fat tails.

rhaco
09-10-2019, 04:00 PM
Well...yeah. It's undeniable that they share a few characteristics with the Fattails.
The banding, the more compact body structure, the dark eyes. Even their husbandry is similar.
But when I look at their faces, all I see is a Leopard Gecko!
Some people seem to think that they look too different from the other Eublepharis species. And one probably has to admit that they look the most different from the "classic Leopard Gecko".
But they were the first species of the Eublepharis genus that was desribed by Gray, 1827.

rhaco
10-17-2019, 03:52 PM
Time for another round of update pictures of the Eublepharis hardwickii sisters at 15 months of age.
At this time of the year I chose an autumn themed background again.

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The leaves I used might not have been the best choice because now the background is more colorful than the animals :roll:
But for this portrait it worked fine I think:

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rhaco
11-20-2019, 03:07 PM
This girl hatched 500 days ago.
The changes in pattern are moderate with this species compared to the other Eublepharis species.

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rhaco
03-23-2020, 01:17 PM
Sorry for neglecting this thread. But all my geckos were in hibernartion and they tend to hibernate quite long (>100 days). They are all awake and eating again. I promise Ill take and post some new pictures soon.
Until then I show some macro shots from last season that I havent posted here:


Scale structure comparison Hardwickii vs. Macularius
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Hardwickii has a lot more of the large dorsal tubercle scales. The space between the tubercles is smaller than the tubercles themselves as they are sitting right next to each other.

The Macularius tubercles are smaller than the space between them as they have numerous smaller scales between them.


Claw close up:
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Eublepharis hardwickii claws are a little longer and even sharper than Macularius claws.


Hardwickii portrait:
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rhaco
08-12-2020, 07:46 PM
After I had a lot of problems with my incubator this season and lost 8 out of 12 eggs, I almost lost hope for the remaining eggs. My female laid these eggs on 28th of May...
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...and the one remaining egg from this clutch finally hatched after 73 days last Sunday:
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Let's hope that the remaining 3 eggs will survive as well so I can provide you loyal followers of this thread with a lot of new baby Hardwickii pictures!

Elizabeth Freer
08-14-2020, 02:20 PM
Let's hope that the remaining 3 eggs will survive as well so I can provide you loyal followers of this thread with a lot of new baby Hardwickii pictures!I'm sorry that you had significant losses with your E. hardwickii this season, Johannes, due to incubator malfunctions!

I, too, hope your remaining 3 eggs will produce viable hatchlings! I have a feeling WE are in your loop. :biggrin:

rhaco
08-16-2020, 06:10 AM
Here comes the update at one week of age.
What a difference a shed makes.
Perfect contrast!

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Elizabeth Freer
08-16-2020, 04:15 PM
Here comes the update at one week of age.
What a difference a shed makes.
Perfect contrast!

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Thanks so much!

rhaco
08-18-2020, 03:12 PM
Today the next Hardwickii Baby hatched. This one took 67 days of incubation.
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It's a chunky one with 4.2g right out of the egg:
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Elizabeth Freer
08-19-2020, 04:08 AM
Today the next Hardwickii Baby hatched. This one took 67 days of incubation.
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It's a chunky one with 4.2g right out of the egg:
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I especially love tongue pictures! Ha ha ha!

rhaco
08-25-2020, 03:22 PM
The second Eublepharis hardwickii hatchling of the season is one week old now and had its first shed as well.

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rhaco
09-02-2020, 05:19 AM
And the next one is out:

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rhaco
09-04-2020, 12:20 AM
The last Eublepharis hardwickii hatchling of the year is out of the egg.
69 days of incubation. 4,1g like its sibling.

So in the end it was still a successful season. Ill be pretty busy taking those update pictures over the next months...

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Gekkotan
09-04-2020, 06:18 AM
Congrats rhaco, nice animal. Let me ask you something: do you keep all of them and track their sexes? I have read that E. hardwickii and E. fuscus are more tricky to get males from thant other Eublepharis species. Seems that males need to be incubated in a more exact temperature. Have you checked this?

rhaco
09-05-2020, 04:32 PM
Congrats rhaco, nice animal. Let me ask you something: do you keep all of them and track their sexes? I have read that E. hardwickii and E. fuscus are more tricky to get males from thant other Eublepharis species. Seems that males need to be incubated in a more exact temperature. Have you checked this?

Yeah, its a big debate how temperature-dependent sex determination works with Hardwickii (and Fuscus).
US breeders seem to have more problems hatching males. Some say TSD doesnt work at all with Hardwickii.
My experience is too little on this. There are some breeders over here in Europe that seem to be very successful hatching male Hardwickii by incubating at 32C.
My plan was to proof that this year. But my incubator is very old and had some very bad temperature spikes >35C. Thats why I lost 8 out of 12 eggs this season.
At the end I pulled all the remaining eggs and finished incubation at room temperature.

I like to keep my hatchlings as long as possible.
To document their development and to know their sex.
Well see how my ratio is this year with those incubation temperatures fluctuating from 26 to 35C:scratchhead:

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Gekkotan
09-06-2020, 06:58 AM
Nice, thanks fo your answer. I perceive the same with these european breeders. Even I am not in EU, I often check european classifieds to see whats new and on, and I always see collections overcrowded with females of these species and less than a half dozen breeders that maybe cracked up these and sells only-male or high-male stock. Just wanted to know if incubating temperature info on fuscus and hardwickii are being spread.

rhaco
09-10-2020, 12:04 PM
Well, the info is out there.
The guys from BION Terrarium Center mention the 32C incubation temperature to get males on their website and in a YouTube video.
Like I said, I have yet to successfully prove that temperature. But maybe other breeders should try it too.


While were at it, here come some more Update photos of this years (still unsexed) hatchlings:

HW-003 at one month of age:
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The newest ones after their first shed:
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rhaco
09-22-2020, 02:47 AM
Sorry Elizabeth. Forgot to post this ones' update here.

HW-004 at one month of age.
With a weight of 9.8g it already more than doubled its birthweight


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Elizabeth Freer
09-27-2020, 02:12 AM
Sorry Elizabeth. Forgot to post this ones' update here.

HW-004 at one month of age.
With a weight of 9.8g it already more than doubled its birthweight


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Many thanks, Johannes, for sharing your progress with Eublepharis hardwickii on this thread since 2018!

Is there some chance you could welcome in your 2021 eggs with a brand new incubator?

rhaco
10-21-2020, 02:48 PM
Many thanks, Johannes, for sharing your progress with Eublepharis hardwickii on this thread since 2018!

Is there some chance you could welcome in your 2021 eggs with a brand new incubator?

Well, I dont know about a brand new incubator. But I found another of my old incubators that seems to keep the temperature better without overheating.
It depends as well on how long I will hold on to this years babies. As you know I prefer to keep them a little longer to document their development. So I might just wait until 2022 until I incubate some eggs again. Well see.



This months updates:

HW-003 at 2 months of age:
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HW-004 at 2 months of age:
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HW-005 at 1 month of age:
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HW-006 at 1 month of age:
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Elizabeth Freer
10-21-2020, 11:55 PM
Well, I don’t know about a brand new incubator. But I found another of my old incubators that seems to keep the temperature better without overheating.
It depends as well on how long I will hold on to this years’ babies. As you know I prefer to keep them a little longer to document their development. So I might just wait until 2022 until I incubate some eggs again. We’ll see.

Thank you for spicing up Geckos Unlimited with your nice crisp Eublepharis hardwickii offspring photos, Johannes!!! I'm glad you located an older incubator that will work next time you breed these guys. Time is precious. Yours is too.

I love keeping my hatchlings a while too, before letting them go.

Elizabeth Freer
11-06-2020, 02:47 AM
I've been noticing more pics on facebook, Johannes.

Have you a care sheet link to share now or a published article?

rhaco
11-18-2020, 02:23 PM
I've been noticing more pics on facebook, Johannes.

Have you a care sheet link to share now or a published article?

Sorry for the delay. But I think it makes more sense to make a monthly update post to avoid multiple posts with just one photo.

This months updates:

HW-003 at 3 months of age:
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HW-004 at 3 months of age:
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HW-005 at 2 months of age:
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HW-006 at 2 months of age:
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I had the honor to write an article about Eublepharis hardwickii for the November issue of the Herpetoculture Magazine. They even made it their cover article :yahoo:
It probably does not contain much new info for the loyal readers of this thread.
It's more like a first introduction of this species and should not be mistaken for a full care sheet.
You can read it for free and download the pdf here:
Herpetoculture Magazine, Issue 13, Eublepharis hardwickii (https://issuu.com/herpetoculturemagazine/docs/issue13?fbclid=IwAR0JFJYAQh5F0atFQadXYcx8dd4pVTMhT a87n_SKQjz-kZDT9TAVfziOpEY)

rhaco
12-18-2020, 02:42 PM
As promised here comes the December update:


HW-003 at 4 months of age:
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HW-004 at 4 months of age:
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HW-005 at 3 months of age:
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HW-006 at 3 months of age:
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rhaco
01-19-2021, 07:26 AM
It's time for the January update:


HW-003 at 5 months of age:
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HW-004 at 5 months of age:
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HW-005 at 4 months of age:
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HW-006 at 4 months of age:
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The two younger girls (HW-005 & HW-006) already moved to a new home. So there will be no more updates of the two sisters, sorry.

rhaco
02-21-2021, 01:09 PM
Small February update:


HW-003 at 6 months of age:
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HW-004 at 6 months of age:
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Elizabeth Freer
02-25-2021, 07:28 AM
Thanks so much, Johannes, for reliably updating your Eublepharis hardwickii photos every month. Have you decided to incubate additional eggs this year?