Spring Is In The Air - Part 2

Jade's Siamese fighting fish decided that they wanted to get in on the act before spring finished in 8 days time. They did the 'deed' and now we have to wait to see how many babies come from their union!

I am thinking of trying to guess how many baby animals we will have by the end of this year (eggs included).
Maybe close to 20 dragon eggs. Well, we already have 11 dragon eggs.

When I think about how much you sell the dragons for when they are born, and the expenses of raising them to the point of sale, buying the incubator (or making one), the temp enclosures, electricity, etc, you don't really make a lot out of them. It is still exciting though.

My plans for the money I 'may' make from selling baby dragons? Well, I want to upgrade my keeping skills and knowledge and possibly buy some more reptiles, though the purchasing won't be for a while. I may upgrade the enclosures we have. Maybe a snake for Miranda's 11th birthday, though I am not sure on that. We have always told her that she has to wait till she is 13, so I think we will wait and while I am waiting, will peel the play-doh out of the baby's hair!

Spring Is In The Air

Babies are everywhere.
First my dragons had eggs
Then our mollies had babies
My sister had her baby (separate post for that)
And now we have a few hundred newly hatched baby Siamese fighting fish.
One of my dragons has more eggs to come (a few more weeks there)
Then the dragon babies will start hatching around Christmas/New Years, followed by more towards the end on January.
Busy times ahead!

Eggs : Make sure that you get them all

I am writing this as a reminder for both myself and any newbies out there who are breeding reptiles which bury their eggs.
One of my central netteds layed her eggs almost a week ago and I thought I had got them all. I pulled 3 eggs out of the sand.
Well, today, after I was cleaning and rearranging a few things in her tank I discovered 1 egg left behind (there were no more then this as I did check). I thought I had given it a thorough going over the first time but this one must has slipped through.
Well, the egg was all dehydrated and collapsed and sitting in cold sand so I used it as a bit of education for the kids. It was a fertile egg and we saw that by the tiny embryo that was in there. This gives me hope for the remaining eggs which are in the incubator.
I think I will need to do some serious rethinking about how I set up the tank so that I can 'guide' her next site and be able to find all of the eggs in time.

Musings of an Amatuer Breeder

I have gone and done it now. We have an incubator sitting in the dining room with 2 tiny dragon eggs sitting in moist vermiculite.
I still have one gravid female who isn't showing any signs of being ready to lay.
I am nervous to say the least, and excited. I wish I knew if what I was doing was right. Everything I read says that it is right but I won't know if it is right until their hatch or don't hatch.
We obtained an old bar fridge (free), pulled the guts out of it and off it's back, then cleaned it up. Now it has had a set of lights put in the base, a probe thermostat and digital probe thermometer attached.
The temps seem to be keeping pretty stable with only a 2 degree difference between the max and min temps, so I guess it is working.
Well, only something like 80 days or so to wait until we find out if this thing worked or not.
And working out a way to keep the kids out, especially visiting ones!


Tonight the sculpting starts.
I have the polystyrene, silicone, aquadhere, sand, heat gun and a really sharp kitchen knife.
Though I won't be using all of those tonight. The first thing will be the siliconing the polystyrene together (once it is cut to shape). This should be fun. I just hope it turns out.
Oh, just in case you didn't know, I am hoping to make a rocky background for the reptile tanks.

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