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Posted by deathstalker on February 26, 2003 at 13:16:30:
In Reply to: Breeding Westerns? Colby and others please respond, thanks posted by SPR on February 25, 2003 at 19:58:55:
The breeding box should be big enough to be half-filled with damp sphagnum moss or vermiculite (1:1 ratio by weight, NOT volume, for the latter) with the 'empty' half big enough for the female(s) to lay her/their eggs comfortably and be able to move around freely with them.
No, you do not have to wait until the snakes' digestive tracks are emptied to put them with each other. And the shaky movements when put together is an indication of sexual maturity and thus sexual arousal, but from where is the female emitting the clear fluid? I don't know about that...possibly pheromones? If they're being emitted from the back, then yes. But if anywhere else, such as the cloaca, then no, I don't believe that's normal. Please clarify.
You should leave the snakes together for a couple of days, then separate and reintroduce them a couple of days later--put them together for a total of three or four times to ensure that the female(s) took and are fertile.
And lastly, yes, a male hog can--and will--breed many females if given the oppurtunity. Always have a second male on hand, though, for in case the first male doesn't want to mate (for whatever reason that would be) and/or it is 'not ready,' or rather...its "batteries" haven't been "recharged."