In Reply to: Re: Hi posted by Kestrel on March 20, 2003 at 20:49:19:
If these are North American rat snakes, or corn snakes, then 85 deg. is definitely too warm. I incubate eggs at temps that fluctuate between 77 and 82 deg., and the fluctuation does them no harm.
At lower temp, they may take a few days longer to hatch, but there's far less likelihood of hatching "kinked" babies. It is widely acknowledged by most breeders that kinks and other deformities are most frequently the result of too warm incubation. I'd highly recommend that you lower the median temp of your incubator to about 80 deg., with 83 as the max, and 76 as the min.