We live in Sydney Australia and are lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing wildlife. One of the animals in our backyard is the eastern water dragon. They swim in our pool on hot days and for the rest of the time, we just see them every now and then.
In November last year we saw a female in one of our flower pots next to the pool and later spotted the eggs she laid there. We covered the eggs with soil and then googled everything we could about what and when they would hatch. With the hatching time getting closer we paid careful attention to the eggs (4 of the 9 eggs looked pretty okay and 5 seemed to be infertile – all wrinkled up).
Once we noticed what seemed like a slice in the egg (which turns soft) we moved the eggs to a terrarium that we set up for them. All this action usually happens underground so it was pretty special to see it all happen. The eggs hatched one day after another and it was amazing to be a part of this. The plan was to set them free once they all hatched and to capture as much as we would about this amazing experience. We think they are all females as it turns out they are a temperature-dependent-sex animal. We had a very hot summer in Sydney. They are now all free in our backyard.