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Hatchlings

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As mentioned before, the incubation time differs greatly from species to species. Our care sheet section has specific information on the breeding of the lizards (the breeding information will be added over time, as we research this for each species). The time from egg laying to the eggs hatching can vary anywhere from about 50 days, to about 120 days. Hatchlings have an 'egg-tooth' on their premaxillary bone, used to rip the shell of the egg open. This tooth will usually fall off in a couple of days. After hatching, the baby lizards need to be placed in a separate enclosure, away from their parent(s). Many lizard species will eat or bite their own young. It is important to slowly accustom the young animals to the temperature that is normal for adults of their species. Quickly raising the temperature in their habitat can lead to diseases as the vitamins, especially calcium, is not processed properly. Right from birth, make sure to provide full-spectrum lighting, with as much UV light as possible reaching the lizards.

Feeding for the First Time

Many lizards may go a week or so without eating, as the nutrition they stored up from the egg is still being used up. Some lizard babies may eat right away. Never force feed a baby right off the bat. Sit back, be patient, and your hatchlings will eat on their own. Force feeding a baby lizard places a great deal of stress on them, and will worsen the health of the lizard now, and for the future. Make sure all feeder insects are gut-loaded with vitamin rich foods, and dusted with a multi-vitamin supplement. Calcium is extremely important for the bone development of young lizards.
 
 
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