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RE: Hatchling Deaths

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Posted by: joeysgreen at Sun Nov 14 10:35:38 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by joeysgreen ]  
   

Malformed offspring is not an uncommon event, and is usually blamed on temperature spikes. This seems like a sensible, logical explaination to me, but there are likely other possibilities as well.
What species is this?
If you are having the same problem with the same pair of adults, it is possible that they are genetically incompatable. Unlikely, but it has happened before. Certain hybrids are sterile for this reason. I wouldn't be surprised if sooner or later, a particular morph gene became associated with such an anomally.
In any case, review your incubation techniques. It helps to have a digital thermometer that records maximum and minimum temperatures. This will allow you to catch temp spikes and drops should they occur. Some setups have an alarm, so these problems can be rectified as they happen, hopefully before harm is done.

For your kinked offspring that survived, I'd have to say the outlook isn't very good. Most (not all) tend to get more severe as the snake grows in my experience. Depending on where the kink is, this can create problems with locomotion and digestia passage quite soon.

Ian


   

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