SAND LIZARD BREEDING PROGRAMME.
In June 2010 I was asked to join the captive sand lizard breeding program. It was felt the amount of Merseyside animals being bred for release needed to be raised due to the large number of receptor sites.
The eggs were found to be about 3 “deep in the sand and were removed as soon as possible. They were put into small clear plastic boxes with 1” of damp sand in the base. The eggs were dug up very carefully and placed into the box in the same orientation that they were found. The boxes were placed into an incubating chamber.
This is in the form of an insulated wooden box where the temperature is maintained at 24 degs. The Husbandry manual says to repeat the best conditions likely to be encountered in a very good summer within the UK. This will result in the eggs hatching in about 40 days.
The eggs started to hatch on 07.08.11 and all 14 eggs hatched within 36 hours.