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Round number two!

This is round two for trying to prove out this possible het clown girl.  She laid four eggs for me last year and I struck out on any visual clowns, but I did end up with 5 hatchlings.  She put the weight back on real quick and then some, so I was hoping for another egg or two this go around, but no such luck.  Instead she made up for it in egg mass!  This is the definitely the oddest sized clutch I’ve personally come across yet.  Four eggs, each a different size.

First clutch on the ground!

First clutch of the year has finally been laid!  It’s been cold enough outside this year that the space heater in the basement actually had trouble keeping things as warm as I like down there.  Because of that this girl took 37 days post shed to lay.  My next clutch is due to be laid tomorrow, but I’m guessing most if not all of the gravid girls at this point are probably going to be about a week late.

And so begins the long wait…

Our superblack ‘male’ laid her eggs right on schedule!  Fifteen nice little chicken eggs were hiding in that sphagnum moss.  After losing pretty much the entire clutch on our last Sumatran short-tailed breeding, I decided to split this clutch between two six quart containers rather than put them all in one large tub.  Not sure if it really had anything to do with my problems back in 2010, but why risk it?  I’ve been very successful hatching out ball pythons eggs in the smaller containers so I’ll stick with what I know works this year.  Now I’ve just gotta keep my fingers crossed that we hatch out a male who looks as good as this girl…

Clutch 3 is on the ground!

Clutch number 3 for this year was just laid by our smallest breeding girl, who also happens to be the first girl we purchased.  She’s one of those girls who ate fine but just never grew into a big snake.  Since breeding her (and getting eggs!) for the first time last year she’s actually started growing a little bit more, this year she weighs just over 1000 grams after laying.  She was paired with the kingpin mainly, but near the end I started throwing the black pastel yellowbelly in with her also, so there’s potential for a good mix of morphs to be hatching out of these six eggs.

I also just realized today that our pinstripe girl snuck an ovulation by me!  I don’t really have any sort of set schedule for palpating, so it had been a while since I checked her out.  She just shed this past weekend and I noticed she was hugging the back wall where the heat is in my adult racks.  So I pulled her out and palpated her, and sure enough she’s got eight or nine eggs her!  I’ll be looking forward to that clutch, she was bred to both our vanilla and our orange dream males.

Clutch number 2 is down…

and it’s a doozy!  This girl is turning into quite a monster.  She started out with 6 eggs her first clutch, 9 eggs her second clutch (although one was infertile), and now she just laid a whopping 10 eggs!  Hopefully they’re all good, I won’t have a chance to candle them until later tonight.  This clutch should also let us know for sure if there’s anything special going on with her and the brownback lesser she produced in 2010 or if he’s just a really nice lesser.  Clutch bp12-2.

She’s just a little girl!

Clutch number two comes from a little girl who just refuses to break that 1500 gram mark.  She’s five years old and has consistantly refused to gain much weight over the past couple of years so I figured I might as well breed her this year and see if laying some eggs will give her a bit of an appetite.  She laid five healthy eggs and weighs in at just over 900 grams now!  Hopefully she’ll kick on to a feeding frenzy now and double her weight over the summer…

Good luck with the bad…

Clutch 3 is out!  Final tally is 1.0 kingpin, 2.0 pinstripes, 2.2 enchis, and 1.0 normal.  Gotta say I’m pretty happy with the outcome!

Now for the bad luck.  Our spider female laid her clutch last night, and it ended up being mostly slugs.  Two good eggs and nine slugs.  We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for a lesser bee or stinger bee out of one of those eggs!

Lunch time surprise…

So I’m on my lunch break, and I wander into the snake room to see if some of our ball pythons had shed last night.  Imagine my surprise when I turn around and see this!

We totally didn’t expect any of our Sumatrans to go this year, especially our Hartwig animals as she only locked up once that we saw.  Fifteen nice big eggs, but a few looked like they might have been infertile when I candled them.  Few days in the incubator should be all it takes to find that out.