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Reptile Egg Incubators
Reptile eggs have some special incubation needs that can be met with the incubators offered here on this page. The main goal of a successful reptile egg incubator is to maintain the desired temperature and humidity to simulate the natural environment in which the eggs are laid. Reptile egg incubation takes time and patience but can be very rewarding for both adults and children.
Reptile Egg Incubator Considerations
The biggest factor determining which reptile egg incubator is right for you is the breed of your pet. Not only do lizards, snakes, and turtles have different breeding needs in general, each of the subspecies can have very different incubation requirements as well. Research your breed, find out in what conditions they would lay their eggs in nature, and then do your best to simulate that environment. There are a lot of breeders out there already doing the work, and we can benefit by learning from their experience, and trying new things of our own.
Because many incubators are targeted towards chicken/poultry breeders, you do not have as large a selection of reptile incubators. It is important for many reptile eggs to be kept at a cooler temperature than you would poultry eggs. Many poultry incubators are kept at around 100 degrees F, and that can be way to hot for a reptile egg. Unfortunately, most incubators do not even go down to temperatures low enough to accommodate reptile incubation. The ReptiPro 6000 can cool down as low as 41 degrees F and heat up to 140 degrees F. This makes it a very versatile unit for reptile incubation, and is our recommended unit.
If you are planning on doing large scale breeding, there is only one cabinet incubator available on the market currently that is suitable for reptile breeding. Although it does not cool, it can be set down as low as 60 degrees F. The only requisite is that you keep your room temps atleast 10 degrees below the incubation temperature. This can be difficult, and it seems counter intuitive, but the heating will not function properly if there is not a big enough difference from room temp. The GQF MFG Digital Hatcher Incubator 1550 is actually intended as a poultry/gamebird hatcher, but since it does not have turning trays (which you don't want for reptile eggs), and is capable of getting to lower temps, it works quite well as a large scale reptile incubator.
We can always help you with a purchase or question over the phone, so give us call at (800)259-9755 if you need assistance selecting the right incubator for you.