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RE: Eastern Indigo Eggs

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Posted by: VICtort at Tue Apr 14 17:38:54 2015  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by VICtort ]  
   

Dear tinamarie,

first congratulations on getting that far along, you must be doing something right to get breeding and egg laying. Those eggs are longer, more lozenge shaped than mine, which are more rounded/sperical by comparison. I think they can vary. They look sort of tannish/brown, is that from the substrate they were laid in, perhaps sphagnum/peat moss? Eggs are usually white to off-white cream colored, so they appear discolored in the photo. Do you know why? If just stained from substrate, not likely a problem, if changing colors as they incubate, it may be a bad sign.

I can not see the little spicules that healthy eggs usually have, the photo not detailed enough, are they present?

Those eggs if not fertile usually will go bad within about 2 weeks of incubation, so you will probably know their fate. IF any doubt, give life a chance and keep incubating, you may be surprised. If you see dramatic mold growth, not promising, suggest you take that one out and separate from others. Good eggs don't smell foul, so bad odor and heavy mold is usually sign of going bad. Mild mold is often not a killer, often they will hatch, ask us for help if you are faced with that.

I wish you the best of luck, it is really fun to take snakes full cycle. Let us know how it goes. As you will learn, hatching healthy eggs is a challenge, indigos should never be cheap, everyone I know has been humbled with failed breeding attempts. But Ah... those successful ones, How Sweet It Is! Good luck, Vic

PS If you care to share, where did you get the parents? Do you know the origin of the sire and dam?


   

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