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Posted by RioBravoReptiles on May 08, 2003 at 20:39:57:
In Reply to: Quick question for ALL breeders please.................. posted by East TN Reptile on May 08, 2003 at 18:49:35:
My boas drop right on the aspen bedding. Some will push a little depression, others don't. They get good purchase on the substrate and don't struggle pushing out the babies in one long contraction.
After, I don't remove the babies until they start crawling around. Mom will sit over them and many times check each baby out, tongueing or even nudging the sacs. Sometimes this goes on for many hours, after which the babies crawl away with the yolks all absorbed and the umbilicals dropped. Little or no bleeding and no big umbilical scars. I like to think this is more as it would happen in nature. Mom seems to be less stressed this way too.
It's difficult to wait, you want to grab them up. I used to do it that way but have much better results now. I've never used newspaper or any other featureless substrate for any reason other than quarantine. I cannot say how the aspen compares with that for birthing.