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Posted by Peter R. on April 23, 2003 at 21:56:34:
In Reply to: male snakes are unreal! posted by Mark Schmidtke on April 23, 2003 at 16:56:23:
A couple of mine seem to have second clutches whether I want them to or not. Last season, for example, one threw a second clutch of 16, all slugs because I didn't try to breed her again. I second Marks statement, if they are going to do it, they might as well be fertile.
:The main problem with not breeding your female a second time because she's too thin, is that she may very well lay a second clutch of eggs anyway whether shes been bred or not. My feeling on the matter is that if she's going to lay another clutch anyway, they might as well be fertile. Your best bet is to feed her well to get weight back on her quickly no matter if you decide to breed her again or not.
::In an attempt to de-stress my male (he's been in a shoebox for about 3 weeks now to keep him away from her while she lays (he was kicking her out of the moist hide), I carefully attempted to put them back together last night... yeah, that lasted about two seconds...
::I put him back in close to her, she starts twitching, he sniffs around her choc. then fully extends his hemipenis's and "releases" stuff right on her.
::I thought maybe he'd be out of heat by now and wouldn't try to copulate (like he used to constantly when she first became gravid.
::I definitely don't think she could handle another clutch yet, I hope there aren't more on the way...
:::Your assumptions are accurate.
::: A week or so after clutch #1 has been laid they can and will try to mate again. Females that lose a lot of weight may not be able to handle the stress.
:::If you feel that she is too thin to bear another clutch, them by all means keep her away from the male.