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RE: Creating a Nest Box/Bin For Egg Laying

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Posted by: AaronBayer at Thu Apr 17 07:40:21 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by AaronBayer ]  
   

I've almost always used a plastic shoe box with a hole cut in both the lid and one side of the container. The holes are about twice the diameter of snake.

I've used sphagnum, vermiculite, combo of sphag/verm, and loose soil/sand mix. I think plain sphagnum is my favorite... the vermiculite kinda clumps together and makes good nests and seems to hold moisture better than anything, but it's messy, flakes, sticks to snakes etc... lots of cons. Sphagnum seems to be what the snakes prefer... most of my snakes just live in the moss as soon as its available to them.

I put the box in their cage as soon as they are obviously gravid and plump looking... usually well before the "pre-lay shed" so the females have plenty of time to find a suitable nesting location and get comfortable with it. If you wait until the last minuet to put the box in, the snakes dont think "hey that box is for my eggs, i'll put them there" right away and might hold the eggs longer than necessary or put them elsewhere in the cage.


   

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