After an incubation period of 125-198 days the babies will start to hatch. Normally the babies will hatch over a period of a few days. Like other reptiles they are born with an egg tooth, that they use to cut open the egg.
Since most females are pure green, some with a little blue and males have blue bands, its easy to see the sex of the babies the minute they hatch.
Babies should be left inside the incubator for a day or two after they have hatched, to give them a chance to absorb any left over egg yolk.
Baby raising cages are ready before the babies hatch, to make sure that the temperature and humidity are correct. Temperature in the baby cages are 28-30c with a basking spot at around 38c. The humidity in the cages are around 75-80%.
As basking spots they have a normal halogen bulb. 18-20w bulbs are used since it baby cages, and our breeding room already hold the temperature the babies need.
As main light in the baby cages i use a 9w LED strip light, the color are the same as for the adults(4200k).
As for the UV light in the baby cages they have a 15w t8 6% UV tube that is on all day.
The baby cages are made out of some 124L plastic boxes, or same size cages. The boxes have ventilation like a normal cage and have a "sliding door" in the front so you can open it easy without making the babies scared(The often go to flight mode if you try to open from the top).
A good amount of small branches is added. Fake plants are added to give the babies hiding places, and they can drink water drops from the leaves when the cage have been sprayed. The baby cages have bio substrate.
At the moment i dont have a mist system set up for the baby cages so i use a normal 5L spray bottle. The baby cages are sprayed 2-3 times a day depending on humidity.
I normally raise the babies together for the first 6 month to a year.
The babies normally start eating after 1-2 weeks, some are quick to start eating while others can take rather long time. Its important to just let the babies be alone and not try to force them to eat. The food for the babies is the same as it is for the adults.
A common misconception with fiji iguana babies is that they are omnivores, so many breeders offer them insects.
Studies of wild fiji iguanas has shown that they are strictly herbevores. That mean that they do not eat any types of insects and breeders and keepers should try to follow the way these iguanas eat in the wild.
A typical baby cage.
Here you can see a baby that have just started to hatch. It can still take a day or so before it come completly out of the egg.
A little later in the hatching prosess.
Almost out of the egg.
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