Wildlife Wednesday: Egg incubation at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital

In a small room at the back of the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, a number of eggs are kept in fridges and on shelves. These aren’t ordinary eggs from a chicken that you find in a supermarket – they are reptile eggs on the verge of hatching.

“We get a number of animals come in to the hospital that sadly might have passed away, but they have eggs inside them,” Dr Michael Pyne told myGC. “We do an emergency caesarean, take the eggs out and incubate them.

“We have a whole collection of eggs that should hatch over the next few months and then we will release these babies back out into the wild.”


During myGC’s visit to the hospital, there were turtle, water dragon and snake eggs being carefully incubated.

See the surprising way the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital stores the eggs while they are incubating the video below:

For more information on the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, visit: cwhf.org.au/