This incubator can be used for almost any lizard or snake eggs.
The temperature will depend on the thermostat range and the temperature of the surrounding conditions.
Dont expect to maintain the temperature of the incubator if it is kept in a very cold room!
These instructions are how I made an incubator in less than an hour after finding my Leopard Gecko had laid an egg!
It is advisable to make your incubator before the eggs have been laid…..
This will give the thermostat chance to settle down and maintain the required temperature.
Polystyrene Box (Suitable size).
I made mine with house insulation left over from an extension being built to my house.
I cut the insulation into six bits and joined it all together with packing tape.
Very strong and very, very quick to put together.
An easier way is to go to your local Tropical Fish
Shop and ask them for a spare polystyrene box that their fish are delivered from their supplier (This
will be the box used in these instructions).
Usually free of charge.
Heat Mat: Available from Ebay or any suitable Pet Shop.
I bought an 11” x 7” for about £10 from Ebay.
It is best to fit the largest that will fit in the base of the box to be used.
Thermostat: Available from Ebay for £28.
This is a professional unit with a digital display and
A Habistat Thermostat could also be used (These are analogue and not quite as easy
to set the required temperature).
You will need another thermometer to check the temperature
accuracy of any thermostat used.
Rack system: I used some chopsticks that you get free when you have a Chinese meal at the local
A more professional method would be to buy some thin wooden dowels.
This is to sit the containers that will be holding the eggs off the floor and heat mat. Free of charge or a few pennies.
Egg Containers: I used the small containers that the crickets are housed in when you buy them
from the local Petshop or Livefoods.co.uk Free of charge.
Water container: This is used to ensure the humidity of the incubator stays between 75% - 90% I
used a small breakfast bowl but any suitably sized container would do.
Free of charge.
a. Digital Thermometer/Hygrometer (To double check temperature and humidity)
b. Torch to check the fertility of the eggs after a few days.
The total I spent to make the first incubator was £35.
This is the least outlay unless you happen to
have a spare heat mat and/or thermostat hanging around!
©Steve Birch (April 2005)