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 Infertile eggs

Why does my bearded dragon keep laying eggs? The first time she laid 19, a week later 9, and about a month later she laid another one. She has never been with a male. I am concerned because she has lost a lot of weight even though she eats like a pig.

12/17/10  08:03pm


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  Message To: Flora   In reference to Message Id: 2193072

 Infertile eggs

All female lizard species will produce eggs ...even without a male present. Our beardies do it too....the iggy and the another year or less I suspect my female BTS skink will also.

Always provide a lay box/tupperware with loose and moist substrate for them to lay in ...that way they can be comfortable.....

Also increase her calcium and possibly supplement her with liquid calcium glubonate to insure that her calcium reserves don’t get depleted on calcifyng the eggs. That could possibly lead to MBD.

A diet of very hi calcium items will be best and a few pinkie rats or mice over the course of a month should get her back to weight. 1 per week is a good balance until she is good and plump again. If you find that to be too gross you could try roaches and hornworms and silk worms ...rather expensive.

Frozen pinkies are also available at quality tropical fish stores...far less $$ than the pet stores. Thawed in tap water in about 5 minutes they are quite the treat.

Good Luck


12/21/10  10:07pm


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  Message To: Cphill58   In reference to Message Id: 2193690

 Infertile eggs

All egg-laying lizards will drop infertile eggs, male or not, in captivity. Several species, a lot of skinks and Armadillo type lizards from temperate climates, lay live young. The ground isn’t warm enough to develop embryos and they’ve adapted to carrying the babies around and sunning themselves to get them "cooked".

It’s common to have infertile eggs dropped by females with oviparous lizards and why there are not as many females around generally as males in captivity - ok maybe not Dragons as they are everywhere. If the conditions are not supported - proper diet to recover the energy/mineral loss from making eggs, nesting, low-stress, husbandry basically - then female egg-bearing lizards can perish more easily. It takes a bullet to kill most male lizards so long as you have good husbandry. But if you have a female lizard, you HAVE TO have nesting options for them at all times and it’s extra work on your part to do this.

The 19 and then 9 eggs a week later was your "get out of jail free card". This was one cycle of eggs and she retained the extras for a week before dropping them out. They were probably slimy and yellow/brown colored on the second load. Had those extra eggs not come out, they become rotten and septic (infected) and can kill your female lizard. The females have to have strong heat and a good amount of Calcium, not just to shell the eggs, but to contract muscles and be strong to lay the eggs and dig. If females are hypocalcemic (low calcium in body) at laying time after shelling all those eggs, they can be weak and not able to get them out or dig. Re-check your diet and caging for her next time as the delayed lay of the eggs is a warning things are not optimum somewhere.


12/22/10  09:07am


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  Message To: Krusty   In reference to Message Id: 2193753

 Infertile eggs

Our bearded dragon laid some infertile eggs... should we remove them from the cage and dispose of them immediately?

05/11/15  10:09pm


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  Message To: Roberge   In reference to Message Id: 2313571

 Infertile eggs

Well if you dont they will just dry up and rot.
Yes remove them when you find them

05/17/15  12:30am

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