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Posted by Hurley on April 22, 2003 at 11:57:26:
In Reply to: First clust= 15 perfect/4 slugs- last minute suggestions? posted by h0mersimps0n on April 22, 2003 at 11:47:55:
:My corn snakes first clutch ever (mine too) was this morning, 15 beautiful white, leathery eggs, and 4 nasty malformed, yellow/blotchy slugs...
:Not to shabby eh?
:Carefully wet the eggs, unbound them enough to fit in my 1:1 moistened vermiculite, left 10% egg viewable, gave one last warm mist over egg, closed top and incubating in hovabator at 86F w/70% humidity.
:Any suggestions beyond whats in the corn manual. I'm pondering the paper-towel trick but unforunately didn't have a long plastic shoebox that would fit in my hovabator so they're all in separate deli cups making it hard to put paper down over.
:I'm nervous about humidity problems, I've had quite the time keeping my gecko eggs away from mold, etc. Any suggestions would be wonderful
I'd be careful with the 86 degrees. That's awfully high. I'd rather shade to too cool, avoid a lot of kinking that way. I personally prefer 82 degrees as ideal. I also wouldn't go too hog wild with over humidifying them, I think most people err to the too wet side of things, more often than not. My incubating medium is just damp to the touch. I keep a paper towel over the eggs. If the towel gets dry, I add moisture to the medium, never directly to the eggs. I also feel the towel helps retain humidity right around the eggs, while still allowing for plenty of air circulation. If you catch an egg starting to lose it's tightness or starting to dimple a little, then they're too dry. Adding a bit of moisture to the medium plumps them right back up within 24 hours.