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Odd substance in mandarin egg

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Posted by: pinelandsghost at Thu Jul 26 10:08:32 2018  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by pinelandsghost ]  
   

Ok this is a new one on me. My Mandy laid 6 eggs two of which slugged out during incubation. Note my mandarin eggs don’t go in an incubator, I put them in a container with moist substrata on the top shelf in my reptile room. The room is kept at 78 degrees. I find it takes a little longer for them to hatch but when they do they’re larger, healthier, and more eager to feed. Yesterday, the 52’d day the 4 remaining eggs all had noses popping out.
I let them emerge on their own, the first two yesterday and one this morning.
The 4th needed encouragement. I rubbed the side of the egg and it came out about 2”. Good enough and then all the way on its own. It’s very healthy with no belly tears. One odd thing which I haven’t seen before unlike the other 3 eggs this last one wasn’t empty. It was still heavy like it had a twin inside. Looking through the slit I saw “white” so I carefully opened the shell to find 60% or more of the space contained semi solid egg white (?). You could see where it surrounded the baby. It had the look and consistency of hard boiled egg white. There was no smell. Could this have been a twin that did not develop?
Every other rat snake egg I ever hatched was empty afterward.
Anyone else seen this?
Mike


   

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