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Posted by IcedGoddess on April 24, 2003 at 17:48:12:
In Reply to: hmmm posted by h0mersimps0n on April 24, 2003 at 16:42:01:
her post-lay shed was a week after she laid, and it was so "baggy!". Yesterdays would be #2 since the first clutch. And she's even acting clumbsy in the back half now, I had to investigate her more the more I thought of it. Also, the last few times she was with the male, she wasn't "twitchy", just sorta led him on a bit then hid. And before the first clutch, they were together several times, as well as quite a few more after she laid the first clutch. So....:) Guess we got both ur "positives" covered, I guess she'll get no more mice from me, unless a yearling refuses a fuzz. She's barely left her nest box, and she's not usually a hider. I'm so excited now:-D
:Two things I'm almost positive about:
:1.) snakes have a post-lay shed similar to the clockwork of the pre-lay shed (i.e. nearly all shed within a few weeks of laying)
:2.) Females can store male sperm. If you have a male like I do that copulates pretty much twice a week if I keep him in here and that's been going on all before the first lay I'm better there's a good chance she's fertilized from the first round.
:I was told if you feed really well, REALLY, REALLY well after the first lay that usually you'll get a second clutch. My female downed 3 mouse crawlers the day she layed (tuesday), and just downed another 8 crawlers today (about 2" long). I'm probably going to give her 5 every other day. I've also been told smaller the better during these times -1- easier on digestive system/innards -2- requires less energy to get a few little one's digested vs what it takes to digest big ones...
:that info is a collaboration between my local reptile breeder and "the corn snake bible" (corn snake manual)
:GOOD LUCK, I'm betting if you keep up the heavy feeding she'll definitely pull another clutch. My local breeder said if I feed mine well she'll lay about the same day the first clutch hatches.