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RE: First 2013 S. t. intermedia...

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Posted by: tbrock at Fri Jan 11 12:41:15 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by tbrock ]  
   

Thanks Ryan!

Yep, one is better than none - but honestly, I wasn't even expecting this clutch to happen. I did not reintroduce either of my female green rats to their mates, yet both laid second clutches. The other (Pajarito) female's second clutch did better, with 3 of four eggs hatching out - and all three are perfect.

Dietary issues are a big part of the equation in fertility and successful breeding, IMO. In my case, I believe my finally getting (switched from live) my big Santa Rita female to start taking f/t mice in 2012 helped a lot with the development of the babies - and reducing the kinks which have plagued my Rita's babies. I was able to give her much more food, which I occasionally dusted with calcium D3, during breeding and egg development. However, not everyone agrees - there are several well known and well experienced herpetoculturists on both sides of that issue.
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