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RE: batch of duds?

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Posted by: willstill at Wed Apr 9 12:00:37 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by willstill ]  
   

Hi geckoejon,

I agree, those are all slugs, or mature, unfertilized ovum. However, I will point out that eggs that are initially veinless are not necessarily bad. When females have access to really good nesting options, they can lay their eggs very quickly after the pre-lay shed, before veins become visible. I had a clutch of 16 diamond python eggs two years ago that were adhered (luckily), the majority of the eggs were not vascularized and would have been tossed if they were not stuck together in a pile. However, two weeks later I re-candled the clutch and all 16 glowed pink with veins. I shudder to think of how many fertile eggs I might have tossed that were simply well nested and deposited before they showed veins...yikes!

Will


   

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