My first baby Anolis carolinensis hatched in 2003. Since that time, I have had 9 eggs hatch. Cultivating the eggs, feeding the tiny newborns and caring for the gravid females has certainly been a challenging adventure.
So far this summer, I’ve been fortunate to have 3 Anolis carolinensis eggs hatch under my watch. Below are some video clips of these delicate and inquisitive creatures as they emerge from their eggs and discover their new world. All videos are filmed in real time.
Hatchling #1 (aka Watson).
Below: Filming began when he was half way out of the egg. Note how a portion of the egg contents (experts, what is this?) remain attached after he emerges.
Two goals after exiting the egg: catching his breath and shedding the thin layer of dried film coating his body.
Hatchling #2 (aka Samantha). Although I missed her initial attempt to free herself from her leathery prison (see the small slit in the egg near the red spot), I did capture her successful emergence.
After a bit of a rest, she exited the egg and unlike her brother, without extra egg contents.
No less than 30 minutes after hatching, she began exploring.
For more pictures of the hatchlings, click here.