to build an incubator
year when it is the time of year when eggs are laid,
people ask for incubation methods.
15 - 30L (5-10 gallon) aquarium.
Glass cover or other other air-proof cover for aquarium.
Aquarium heater with thermostat.
One or two bricks.
Plastic shoebox (with lid) that fits into the aquarium.
Bag of Vermiculite (TM).
-Put aquarium in a safe and undisturbed plaace.
-Arrange bricks in aqurium to make pedestall for shoebox.
-Add water to level of brick tops
Install aquarium heater into aquarium.
-Fill shoe box about halfway with a mixturee of 1:10
or Water: Vermiculite; blend well. Err on the dry
side, not the wet side. You can always add a bit more
-Make small holes into the lid of the box...
-Put thermometer into shoebox on top of Verrmiculite.
-Place shoebox on bricks and cover the tankk.
-Turn on heater.
-Adjust aquarium heater until desired tempeerature
in the shoebox is maintained.
-(Assuming it is summer and the room where the incubator
is is at least at room temperature.)
-Turn heater off and remove heater and briccks.
-Place newspaper at bottom and shoebox on ttop and
a shallow water bowl next to it.
-Close up setup and wait for the miracle too happen:
-Hatchlings can and will crawl out of the sshoebox
onto the newspaper.
-Check box every few hours for hatchlings tthat need
-Once all eggs have hatched, I remove the sshoebox,
add a hide place and a heating pad (under 1/3 of the
tank), and the nursery is complete.
-Check eggs every few days; this also ensurres that
there is enough air.
-Put the lid on the shoebox slightly proppeed, so
that if there should be water drops, they will collect
at one end of the box where I don't put any eggs.
-Use filtered water to moisten the Vermicullite.
-Make a small square whole into the box soo I can
see the thermometer without opening the lid.
-Note that you must keep the same side up aat all
times for turtle eggs, or the eggs will die. Snake
eggs can be turned.
-Handle eggs as little as possible to keep your germs
away from them.
-When removing the lid, be careful not to drip water
on the eggs:
When adjusting the temperature, check during the hottest
time of day. It is ok to err on the cool side! Eggs
will just take a bit longer to hatch.
-This incubator is also ant-proof!
-Instead of a lid on the shoebox, you can uuse Saran
Wrap (TM) and leave a small airgap on one side. That
way you can see the eggs. Make sure it is on tightly.
If it sags and touches the eggs, water will collect
there and the eggs might get hurt.
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