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Are My Twin-Striped Plated Lizard Eggs Fertile?



I purchased a twin-striped plated lizard two months ago. I was told it was a male. I keep it in a 50-gallon desert tank with reptile carpet and a cave to hide in. Temperature and humidity are consistent with his requirements. This week, I discovered what appear to be two eggs in the tank. I assume that Raj is now named Pria, but is it possible the eggs are fertile? I know that some animals have a delayed implantation until the conditions are right for producing young. What do I need to do if they are fertile? Help!

Caren Ogwin, Inola, Okla.

twin striped plated lizard

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If your lizard lays eggs, set up an incubator with a moist medium for the eggs. Make sure to leave them in the same position you found them when you transfer them to the incubator.
 

It is certainly possible the eggs are fertile. You don’t know if mating took place before you purchased your lizard or not. Contact the person you purchased the lizard from and find out if they also breed them. Set up an incubator with a moist medium for the eggs. Make sure to leave them in the same position you found them when you transfer them to the incubator. Eggs can hatch after four or so months when incubated at 86 degrees Fahrenheit. We would strongly suggest seeing out plated lizard breeders for expert advice and tips on hatching and caring for the young.

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