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Posted by Tim Madsen on April 08, 2003 at 22:55:46:
In Reply to: More on no incubation incubating, please posted by Carl_A on April 03, 2003 at 11:43:45:
:This thread has me thinking, and I'm curious now about not using an incubator for my snakes, all colubrids.
:So do you just mist the eggs occasionally or moisten the medium? And do you move them from the top of the fridge to the floor when temps hit, say 85? I realize some fluctuation in temps is natural, but what are the ranges? New York got pretty hot last summer, and my apt. had to be in the high 90s at times.
:My biggest problem with incubating eggs in my homemade set-up is that I get fruit flies that also use the medium to lay their eggs.
I use vermiculite moistened at the standard 1 to 1 ratio of water to verm. by weight. I've had fruit flys before but never in vermiculite. Temps in the high 70s to high 80s are pretty safe. When the temp. gets into the 90s you can have problems with hatchlings having spinal kinks.