I'm starting to sigh a big sigh of relief here. A couple of weeks ago, I had an incident with my incubator that resulted in a short term temperature spike that I feared would kill all of my eggs collected thus far in 2009 (of course the Rhacodactylus eggs are incubated at room temperatures and were unaffected). I had a large number of helmeted gecko eggs and 5 Nephrurus milli eggs in this incubator. I was pretty discouraged by this setback in my breeding efforts. This past week however, the first 2 helmeted gecko babies and a single N. milli baby hatched right on time and are doing well. Apparently these little guys are pretty resilient and were able to withstand this elevated temperature (slightly over 100º F for an hour or two). So, if these first eggs which were late in the incubation process were able to make it, I have hopes that the rest of the eggs are good as well.
In other news, I've been published... sort of. The relatively new online gecko blog called Gecko Time contacted me about a month ago to see if I would submit an article about helmeted geckos. I see that the article is up today. Check it out at http://www.geckotime.com/