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    Default Phelsuma Laticuada Laticuada eggs and hatchling advice needed


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    My pair of gold dust day geckos have laid 4 eggs. I have not moved them because they are in a very delicate place. I was wondering what to do once the eggs hatch ( if they do). Do the hatchlings require a basking spot? and UVB? or will a complete diet suffice? I'm keeping the pair in a 12x12x18 but they will be upgraded ASAP to a 18x18x24. I've only had these geckos since January and I wasn't eggs to appear this quick lol.

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    As far as I know, hatchlings have the same requirements as the adults but may need to be kept from dehydrating. I have not produced P. laticauda and was quite unsuccessful with L. williamsi. Hopefully you will hear from some experienced breeders. Many people tape a plastic cup over the eggs so when they hatch they are in the cup and don't end up being the parents' dinner.

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    Phelsuma laticauda will generally consume their young, so I would remove the eggs. You can raise babies in 32oz. deli cups, large jars, etc. with screen mesh lids or critter keepers. I place these under fluorescent lights to keep the temperature high. This is effective for raising a lot of babies. The babies are very small and can escape through gaps in enclosures. I usually get them started on Drosophila and then onto larger prey as soon as possible. They will typically consume live prey before taking to a prepared diet, but begin offering it within a week or so of hatching.

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    I've since moved the parents to a 18x18x24 and i'm currently incubating the eggs in a separate containers with perlite within the enclosure. The eggs seem to be doing great - they are showing activity and they have now developed a black dot which I believe to be the eyes or the head of the gecko. The most recent eggs have veins in them. I have the parents old enclosure available so I think i will raise the babies in there.

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