There have been aling time and no writing...nothing have happened so there have been nothing to write about. They seem to be well in their new terrarium since they are giving babies this year too. I have got 2 so far, one came 11 of July and the other two days later. This is from one female and there are two more to come..So I hope to get about 5-6 small ones. There seem to be only me that breed these nice lizards here in Sweden and they are very hard to find in shops here, I think this is bacause we are not allowed to import wildcaught animals into Sweden and that is ok, but there are a lot of them here anyway but hardly no Cordylus. This summer have also been a little bit cold and not that many days with fine weather so that they can be outside. But that how it is..:)
The small ones from this year are in Finland, they get there in the middle of November, he got 6 small and the trip there went fine. The all arrived and all was well....then he called me and told me that there were only 5 left, the biggest one had eaten one of the small ones, I have never had any problem with this and the only explanation was that they had fighted about some food and the big one had got the small ones in its mouth and then it had followed down in the speed. He found it in the terrarium when he was looking at them. This is a little thing to have in mind when feeding them, be there when they eat and always be sure that everyone are eating, he used small crickets, and I have always though of them as a safe food since they are that small, I use small worms of different types and feed them with a tweezer to be sure that everyone get food.
I have build a new terrarium for them too, there are some pitures of it here, the Cordylus live in the top floor...and the middle is empty and on the first floor live the Leopard geckos.
Even more time with no writing....I have not had the time that I want to update this diary so it have to be some time after things have happened. The small ones that I got two years ago all died, but them from last year went well, they have travelled to Moscow ,Russia now. It was a freind of mine that only had females and wanted a male. A freind of him was going here to Sweden and he visited me here and got the small ones, it was very intresting talking with him.
This year I have had them in their terrarium during the hibernating period, it was a little bit warmer there, about 18-20 degrees Celsius, they usually hibernate at 8-15 degrees Celsius in a colder room. They hibernated for 2 months and it went well. They begin to mate almost immedetly and there were some small fights between both males and females. The summer have been so cold that they have not been able to be outside. The first babies arrived in the end of July when we were on vacation, so they have to take care of them self in the large terrarium for a week and it worked well. Now I have got 6 more babies, one died for some reason but it was very small. It is a little bit earlier then last year when they arrived week 46, but I think that the warmer hibernation have done this.
Long time no writing, they have got the maximum of light from beginning of June, they have three PAR 30 75w halogenspots, it seems enough but maybe they get one more. I have seen them mate during the summer so I hope that I will have some more babies this autumm. I have collected wild grasshoppers and other insects and worms during the summer to feed them, and they eat almost everything that move and do not taste bad, I gave them some worms from a Clematis plant but they must have tasted terrible, they did not eat one at all....I have finished an outdoor terrarium but the weather have been that bad and cold here that they have not been able to be out, the days have been warm but the nights have been too cold, ok that it is cold during the night where they come from....We have been on vacation in the south of Sweden and there the grasshoppers were twice as big than here in the middle of Sweden, maybe they will come with next year..:) I have had some death of the babies, there are three left now but they are not seem to feel well, I have to give them more light and more Uv light I suppose and make sure that they have the necesssary minerals and vitamins.
They now have 1/3 of the light, they have one 75w halogen spot and will have two more later.The light is on about 12 hours. The temp is now 22-25 and under the lamp 30-35 degrees C. They have get some crickets and mealworms to feed.
Now they are back in normal temperature but not the light. The have a 40w uv flouscentlight and the temp is about 20 degrees C. They will not get any food yet, only a water bowl.
Now they have been away for 3 weeks and half the period. They do not have is as cold they use to when hibernate because of the high outer temperature, they have about 16 - 18 degrees Celsius usually 10 - 15. They are at fine shape and sometime one of them are sitting on the wood looking around.
Today the five adult Cordylus tropidosternum are gone into hibernation. They will be there in about six weeks. The temperature is between 10 - 20 Degrees Celsius, it depends on the outer temperature and the light is a usual 40W lightbulb in the roof and it is on 7-9 hours. They only have a waterbowl and no food, they have been without food in two weeks now, so that thier stomack is empty when put away. The five babies lizard will not be hibernated this winter.