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cobras, breeding, prelay sheds, and nightmares


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Posted by conservationist on May 02, 2003 at 11:39:00:

Some people may have remembered me saying that my black pakistan cobras had been breeding. For anyone that has been breeding, or that intends to breed this species, I have something important to say.

This morning, I found 7 eggs in my female's cage, and she never did a prelay shed. I wasn't expecting eggs until atleast 4 more days (which would have been 60 days after breeding), but thought since the prelay shed didn't happen, she didn't breed succesfully until later.

About two weeks ago, she was acting funny, very calm disposition (totally unlike her), and she seemed to be searching for something. I thought she was searching for a nesting spot then, put a egg laying box in her cage, with damp vermiculite with some moss on top... After about a week, her behavior went back to normal, still no prelay shed.

Anyway, I took the box out, because she was messing up her cage, spreading the vermiculite and moss all around her cage.

About a week later (today), I found 7 eggs layed on the cage floor. They aren't busted, but who knows how much the snake itself could have rolled them around and killed the eggs before I got to them. I will incubate them, and hope that a few out of the clutch will hatch.

Anyway, it was around 56 days after they bred the first time when she had the eggs. I was under the impression (from certain sources) that it took from 60 to 100 days to have the eggs for these asian naja.

Anyway, this is a nightmare, and I will never be caught off guard like this again. I had my heart set on having a perfect clutch.....


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