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some newly hatched Hogs

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Posted by: Paul Lynum at Sun Jul 27 22:14:02 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Paul Lynum ]  
   

I have one pair of hogs in my collection. I collected the male in 2009 and the female in 2011 from Santa Cruz Co., AZ. I like these animals due to their rarity in collections as most AZ Hogs come from Cochise Co., and the darker colors they present from this locality compared to others.

This year I put them together on 3/26 and did not observe any breeding behavior, I was fine with that and separated them. In the weeks following I noticed the female swelling and felt she did in fact breed. I treat my Hogs like most of my snakes which are kept in a 32qt sweater box in a rack with aspen as bedding. She shed on 5/24 and I put in a plastic shoe box with 4 inches of moist vermiculite. She immediately went to the bottom of the nest box and stayed there. On 5/31 she laid 12 good eggs



The eggs were incubated at 84 degrees. On 7/24 they started pipping.



Looks like a lll 12 were going to hatch.



I've only breed hogs once and those were Plains Hogs back in 1991. One thing I found unique is many of them were shedding as they were coming out of the egg which happened in 91 as well.



All 12 hatched and the ones that haven't shed are doing so now.



After a little break from herps this was very exciting to me and brought back feelings about herps I haven't had in awhile. I'm looking forward to my re-ignited interest again. Hope you guys like this post as I wanted to share my experiences.

Paul Lynum


   

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