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RE: Kingsnake Incubation

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Posted by: FR at Mon Jul 27 10:37:52 2015  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by FR ]  
   

Hi James, sounds like your making an easy task hard.
Python eggs, normally need some help, like heat. They may be laid in our winter, or you live in a part of the country that is cool. hatching temps, mid 80's to 90F.
Kingsnake eggs are not the same. Hatching temps, are basically room temps, mid seventies, to low 80's. In summer, there is not need to complicate hatching with an 11" heat tape. That's taking a 50 caliber machine gun to a paint ball contest. over kill.
With eggs, heat kills, cool slows things. Better be safe then sorry.
With kingsnake eggs, its easy, real easy, as easy as, getting some sphagnum moss and wetting it, wringing it out and putting your eggs and the moss in any almost air tight container. Couple of small holes(1/16th) or close.
and setting them in a stable room closet, etc. They take from 45 to 90 days or so, depending on temps.
If your going to add heat, because of conditions, or you want them to hatch faster, do as little as you can. Say, something that is the thermostat screws up, won't kill the eggs, 1. quickly, 2. at all. Say something that if turned on full blast, only reaches 90F. Or can be reduced to a safer temps, say, 80F.
I personally believe that 78F is better then 90F Which means, there is plenty of room in the middle to play with.
There are a million ways to hatch eggs, the most important thought is, do it safely. heat kills and unless your 11 inch wide heat strip is 2 inches long, and your any where other then the north or south pole, its overkill. with the emphasis on KILL. May the Snake gods be with you and they all hatch.


   

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