Reproduction in animals is crucial in the growth and replacement of the particular animal species. Therefore, it is necessary to understand how they reproduce and how best to take care of their newborns. When it comes to the house lizards, we wish to determine how they continue their species through reproduction.
So, does the house lizard lay eggs? Like most reptiles, the house lizard lays eggs, which hatch in 50-60 days, after which the offspring begin an independent life. First, the female lizard produces eggs; then, the male helps fertilize them during mating, after which the female lays them. They lay them in twos after some weeks, so there may be up to ten eggs in every season. However, during warm seasons, they may reproduce throughout the year.
The lizard is very similar to the snake in matters of reproduction. However, different species of lizards have varied reproduction methods and specific mating seasons. Before the mating happens, the female lizard will first produce the eggs to await fertilization. As soon as the mating season arrives, the male and female will mate, and in the process, the egg will fertilize. Therefore, when the female lays them, they will be fertile to hatch into live offspring.
On the contrary, if the male does not fertilize the eggs before the female lays them, the eggs will remain infertile. To ensure that this does not happen, she must ensure that the mating takes place during a particular cycle. To further confirm this, she will give off an inviting scent for the male lizard to initiate the mating process.
These reptiles can lay twenty eggs in a set, with most laying approximately three batches in one season. These eggs require 50-60 days to hatch, and, once they hatch, the newborns may take a year to mature and consequently mate and reproduce. During egg-laying, the female will find a wet, dark pit so that the eggs remain moist until they hatch. Doing so helps to keep the babies hydrated and protect them from potential predators. Thus, you are likely to find the eggs in cold corners of the house or enclosures.
Their shells are delicate, so any holes or dents on the egg will confirm that the eggs are alive. These eggs will come out slimy at first, but the slime will harden to make them stick together later on. By being close, they won’t roll over, a situation that is fatal to the embryo.
As newly-laid eggs, there exists an air pocket where the embryo attaches. This air is vital for the baby to breathe, but, if otherwise, the egg rolls over, the air pocket will shift to the lower part of the egg, potentially drowning the baby. If the egg remains intact, the baby grows in it until it is ready to hatch, and during hatching, it will use a claw (egg tooth) to break free from the eggshell.
What Do You Do if You Find a Lizard Egg?
It may be surprising to find that your pet has laid new eggs in its enclosure. On the other hand, you may have intended to help them breed and grow their population. With the eggs in hand, the worry is now what to do with them to ensure that they remain intact until they can hatch. As much as the eggs are delicate, there are still some simple ways to ensure that they will hatch to healthy baby lizards.
So, what do you do if you find a lizard egg? First, it is imperative to ensure that the lizard eggs are safe. One way is to place them in an isolated container to monitor them until the hatching process. By checking the egg sizes, you can choose a box that perfectly fits them. You can place them in plastic containers, sandwich containers, or larger plastics, depending on their respective sizes. However, ensure that they have adequate ventilation (poking holes in them may help).
Secondly, to ascertain that the conditions are favorable, you can purchase an incubator or make one at home. These devices come in handy to keep the eggs safe while creating a conducive temperature to help them hatch.
The only trick is that the incubator must have transparent sides since you will need to monitor the eggs’ progress closely. Similarly, it must be of the right size to accommodate your container. It is easy to purchase an incubator since some pocket-friendly options are in pet stores or online shops.
Lastly, you need to ensure that you have a properly functioning thermometer that will help track the temperature, whether you are using a homemade or purchased incubator. However, the right temperature for your eggs will vary depending on your lizard’s species, so it’s best to confirm first.
It is also vital to practice caution when moving the eggs into the container or the incubator. Otherwise, they may break or rollover, which may harm and kill the embryo. If the eggs stick to each other, you can carefully separate them. However, if you detected them later on when they are already hard, forcefully separating them may be fatal.
How Do Baby Lizards Get in the House?
Unlike other reptiles or pests, the lizards are among the most docile creatures to have in your house. They do not transfer diseases and do not bite, making them brilliant pets. As soon as the egg hatches in around sixty days, the babies start a new life and live independently of their mothers, unlike mammals. Therefore, it is common to find baby lizards crawling into your home, which may be delightful if you want to keep them as pets, but, otherwise, they may be a nuisance.
Generally, the baby lizards find their way into the house through cracks in doors or windows. They are tiny, so they can easily fit into such small spaces. Similarly, if you are fond of leaving the house entrances open, they can effortlessly get in. In due time, the lizards will mature, mate, and give rise to baby lizards.
Certain conditions attract the lizards to your home. For instance, if there are crawling or flying insects in your home, this would invite them. They are likely to crawl into your house in their quest to find these insects since they are insectivorous. Similarly, the lizard is attracted to fruits, plants, and water, so you are likely to see them in your house, nibbling on your groceries or water left lying around.
We have noted that the house lizard reproduces like most reptiles where they lay already fertilized eggs. Therefore, if you keep them as pets and wish to breed them, it is best to ensure that you place the male and the female together. Otherwise, the females will only lay the eggs while infertile. Moreover, you need to ensure that the eggs remain safe and make it to the full term where they will hatch.
You can either purchase an incubator or make one at home; this way, you will ensure that you provide the most suitable environment for the lizards’ eggs to thrive. All you need to do is find a transparent incubator and a proper thermometer to help you keep track of the temperature. Lastly, the most important thing to note is your lizard’s species. In doing so, you will know all the information you need about their reproduction and how best to take care of their eggs.