The Honeymoon Suite

My 2020 Gila monster season is off and running. After reviewing my data and re-reading my Gila books, I was going to wait until after April 1 this year to pair the Gilas as that is when the magic happened (and seems to be for others as well). With the Shelter-in-Place order in full effectContinue reading “The Honeymoon Suite”

Day 153: It happens! Gila monster hatching success!

So, almost after all hope was lost on Day 153 the first Gila monster egg pipped from its leathery shell! Egg 02 at first cut a small slit and then a few more and over the next two days began to emerge from the egg. At first the baby Gila stuck its nose out, thenContinue reading “Day 153: It happens! Gila monster hatching success!”

Day 152: A watched egg never hatches

Patience. Patience is what those in the know say. Sure, I am checking the incubator at least ten times a day for any action and patience is not my virtue, but I am old enough to know when to listen. A couple a the eggs dented in over two weeks ago, the two others areContinue reading “Day 152: A watched egg never hatches”

Day 132: So close, but so far!

We are 132 days past oviposition and the remaining six eggs appear to be hanging in there. One of the eggs has dented in, which I am hoping means that it will hatch in the next few weeks and does not mean the embryo has died. The other eggs remain rigid and appear to beContinue reading “Day 132: So close, but so far!”

Update 5: Waiting is the hardest part

Not much has happened since the last update; one good egg died leaving me eight healthy growing eggs in the Grumbach incubator. A universal agreement on Gila monster eggs is to leave them the F* alone during the long incubation time. I have a hard time doing this but have been a good bean andContinue reading “Update 5: Waiting is the hardest part”

Update 4: Eggstravaganza!!

It’s been all quite on the update front as, well, there has not been much to report. Until now, that is! On Friday June 7, Gila 03 dropped one egg over the night and I came upon it at 6am when getting up for work. I candled the egg but did not see a bloodContinue reading “Update 4: Eggstravaganza!!”

Just when you think you know someone…

Gila monster 06, formerly known as Joy, was thought to be a female and was the one that was sick. Now that Joy is better, I wanted to finally determine confirm her sex (though based on head size I guessed female). My intention was not to breed, only to watch the reaction and once IContinue reading “Just when you think you know someone…”

Update 1: Gila monster breeding, thus far.

After keeping Gila monsters for over twenty years and having a lifelong fascination with these amazing reptiles, my first earnest attempt at breeding them has been quite fun. Don’t know how successful at this point, but it’s the journey and not the destination in my case (though seeing baby monsters pip out of the eggContinue reading “Update 1: Gila monster breeding, thus far.”

Male combat in captive Gila monsters

Breeding season is upon me, and it couldn’t be more exciting! As this is my first time working with a group of Gila monsters, I was unsure of what male-to-male combat looked like versus male-to-female interactions. In books they look similar but from what I have seen so far it is a very different interaction.Continue reading “Male combat in captive Gila monsters”