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”

2020 Gila monster breeding season begins!

With the babies I’ve held back are growing like weeds and coloring up beautifully, I’ve taken the adults out of brumation and am warming them up and will be feeding them their first meal soon. I’m both excited and nervous as to how this season will turn out. Will all the eggs paid be fertile?Continue reading “2020 Gila monster breeding season begins!”

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”

New Gila Monster book from Dr. Hans-Joachim Schwandt

Fans of the fantastic website Heloderma.net already know how knowledgeable and passionate Dr. Schwandt is about Gila monsters, and in September 2019 he released his long-awaited book on our favorite subject. Being the Gila geek I am, my order was placed the day pre-orders were announced and was certainly not disappointed when it arrived. TheContinue reading “New Gila Monster book from Dr. Hans-Joachim Schwandt”

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.”