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Posted by Dale on June 24, 2002 at 15:20:45:
I checked on a clutch of Cal Kings that have about 2 more weeks to go today. The eggs are as swollen as can be and couldn't look better, except for one as of this afternoon. As I looked in, I noticed about a half of a teaspoon size amount of ooze coming out of one egg. After closer examination, I was able to see that it was coming out of a tiny hole in the egg. I had hoped it was an early hatch in progress and the snakes were on their way, but it wasn't the case. I removed the egg, and had to manually pip since it was obviously already ruptured. Only to find a substantial amount of yolk left surrounding a fully formed and functioning beautiful Cal King. Fully formed, but not yet ready to survive outside of the egg.
What the heck happened here?? Why did the egg rupture like it did? Has anyone ever had this happen to a clutch before??