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Posted by Rob Carmichael on March 31, 2003 at 18:26:59:
In Reply to: thoughts on activity level, egg-binding posted by DeanAlessandrini on March 31, 2003 at 12:14:15:
Dean, do you use vitamin supplementation and if so, what type? Don't you feel that this is also a very important factor? Just curious to hear your thoughts...and I am in complete agreement with your observations.
:I also agree that female indigos that are forced to be inactive due to small enclosures are more likely to get eggbound due to lack of muscle tone. Robert Seib once shared a tidbit that works for him that seemed like a great idea. He gives the snakes a hide area that is built UNDER the cage. This makes the snakes climb every time they go in and out of their hide...thus forcing more activity. My cages are not set up like this, but they are all in 6-7' cages, with a cool spot on one side and a warm spot on the other, forcing them to move around within the enclosure in order to thermoregulate.
:I think key factors are:
:-- age and size of snake: I don't like to breed them younger than 3 years, and no smaller than very close to 6'
:-- proper hydration: Slightly damp substrate when they are close to laying may help.
:-- size of enclosure / activity level of the snakes.
:I do all 3...and (knock wood) I have never had an egg-bound indigo snake...even when passing large "slugs".