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Best Reptile Egg Incubators in 2020

Reptile incubators allow your unhatched eggs to develop under the correct conditions.

Without the right heat, the unhatched reptiles will not grow properly and this can lead to egg loss or things going wrong in the hatching process.

Setting up an incubator is the best way forward. Not only will the eggs be safe, but you can keep an eye on the proceedings.

Because so much is at stake, you will want something which is trustworthy, reliable and from a great brand with a track record of knowing what to do. These are our picks below.

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    Our Top Picks

    Image Product Details
    Exo Terra Incubator
    • Glass door
    • Keeps temperatures really regular
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    Lucky Reptile Herp Nursery II Incubator
    • Large size
    • Good ventilation
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    Lucky Reptile Egg-O-Bator
    • Easy to handle and move
    • Makes incubation fun
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    The Top 4 Egg Incubators for Reptiles Reviewed

    1.
    Exo Terra Incubator

    Perfect for any eggs which need a specifically controlled temperature, this incubator can heat itself up and then cool down when it reaches optimum temperature.

    This thermo-electric technology enables the device to cool and to heat, so the full temperature range can be approximately 2°C to 60°C. Eggs can also be lost if they get too hot, so this will prevent any overheating and mean there is less stress or work for you.

    The glass door will allow you to see what is going on without opening it up, which can affect the temperature. A slide-out tray will allow you to add water in case you need to increase the humidity, and because it is all digitally controlled, everything is perfectly precise.

    Finally, the two shelves can be pulled out for easy access, so you won’t risk damaging anything.

    Features

    • Glass door
    • Keeps temperatures really regular

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 36 x 32 x 45cm
    • Temperature Range: 2-60°C

    2.
    Lucky Reptile Herp Nursery II Incubator

    Thanks to the integrated thermostat which can keep the temperature of your tank regulated for peace of mind, this incubator is the choice of many professional breeders.

    It is the newer of the Herp models, larger than the I so you can fit more in. it can even accommodate larger eggs. Just set the temperature and then it will constantly regulate itself to keep this steady, and it will fit the dedicated Lucky Reptile Hatchbox Incubation Trays.

    Because the temperatures can be set to 1°C increments, it isn’t just for hatching eggs but can also house hibernating reptiles thanks to the good ventilation. Both high and low temperatures can be damaging for eggs, so this one will prevent wither being reached.

    Features

    • Large size
    • Good ventilation

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 33 x 30 x 45cm
    • Temperature: 5-60°C

    3.
    Lucky Reptile Egg-O-Bator

    Great for beginners, kids and owners of smaller reptiles, this fun incubator may look like it can’t do the best job going but is deceptive.

    Yes, it will help you get your kids interested in reptile breeding. Yes, it is plug-and-play making it easy to set up. But you can still set the chosen temperature and includes an extensive manual with tips on breeding to help make your programme successful.

    You also get three cricket tubs for feeding, and it is best suited to smaller reptiles like leopard and crested geckos. The kids can even stick the stickers on the egg or in their room!

    There is a 4L capacity, and it is only 5W so won’t consume too much power.

    Features

    • Easy to handle and move
    • Makes incubation fun

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 32 x 26 x 28 cm
    • Temperature: 26°C, 29°C and 32°C

    4.
    Lucky Reptile Hatchbox Incubation Tray

    With this simple but effective tray, you can look after up to 12 eggs from laying to hatchling.

    When in the tray, the eggs are suspended directly over water as opposed to a substrate, which keeps everything much cleaner and lowers the risk of fungal infection.

    The box is made from plastic, but this makes it sturdy and very easy to clean and disinfect. The purchase includes a thermometer, so you can easily check on the temperature of your setup.

    You will need everything else to complete the setup, however – these trays fit perfectly into the Lucky Reptile Herp Nursery II or one of a similar size.

    Features

    • Fits up to 12 eggs
    • Great size for most incubators

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 20 x 11cm
    • Temperature: N/A

    Buying Guide

    Temperature

    Temperatures for egg incubation vary in the reptile world. Each species will have their own best points or guidelines, so it is essential to research this before you buy an incubator.

    You will need to ensure that your chosen incubator can select this temperature range – some can go from between 2C to 60+C in degree increments, but some only have a choice few settings which may not suit those animals which have to have very low or very high temperatures.

    Humidity

    Each egg-type will have to have a particular humidity to ensure both the heat is regulated and that the egg doesn’t become too dry.

    If you need high humidity, you will need an incubator which specifically mentions this as a key feature and has a tray which you can fill with water or something similar. Dedicated incubators for certain animals will also vary in how much humidity they can handle – snake incubators are best for humidity, for instance.

    Lizard eggs need very high humidity too, as they breathe and sweat through the pores of the shell. But too much moisture can result in mould and bacteria in the egg and incubator.

    You will need to check that there is a good seal around the doors, any glass and at the edges. 75% is often a good standard marking point for many reptiles. Anything below 50% is dangerously low, and anything above 90% can cause bacteria to spread like wildfire.

    So, check the ideal temperature and humidity for your eggs before you start the buying process.

    Size

    There are three things to keep in mind here. 1) You want the incubator to be big enough to house all of the eggs and 2) it needs to be the right size to fit into your home. Number three is being the right size to house the size of the eggs.

    If you knock it when going past or have to move it, it risks the eggs inside. If you have an animal with large eggs, the chosen incubator will be unable to house as many as these as with smaller eggs.

    Other Buyers Ask...

    What do I need for my incubation setup?

    You will need the actual incubator as well as a tray to house all of your eggs in, or substrate to lay them on.

    You need to ensure the tray can fit both the eggs and inside the incubator. As for the substrate if you choose this route, it needs to be able to ensure the eggs cant roll into each other and break or fuse, which is common. It also needs to allow the heat and humidity to get around the tank.

    Can I use one of the above for bird eggs?

    Provided that it matches the temperature and humidity requirements, there is no reason why not. However, many dedicated bird or chicken incubators have much less humidity.

    Likewise, you could use a bird egg incubator for the reptiles, but this is often a trickier issue as many may not suit the necessary temperatures.

    Does the temperature affect the sex of my reptile?

    There are some theories that with some species, lower temperatures result in females and higher in males.

    This Temperature Sex Determination guide could be good if you are wanting to breed for generations but may mean you need several incubators set up.

    But, get this wrong and it could be bad news. For example, incubate a leopard gecko between 33 and 34C, and she could end up infertile and irritable – a ‘hot female’. So be aware if this is something you’re actually keen to try!