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Posted by CherylBald on April 26, 2003 at 10:25:37:
In Reply to: Houston...we have a mating.. posted by Taceas on April 25, 2003 at 13:33:17:
:1. How many times should I let him breed with her, and should I let him rest the said 3 days time between matings?
3 times should do the trick and resting him 2 or 3 days is good to get the sperm count up again.
:2. It'll be between 3-5 weeks before she will be visibly gravid, correct? Still eating like a horse.
You may not see her swell up like some of the pics you've seen on the forum - don't panic! Some of mine have me second guessing if they're gravid or not. She'll prolly stop eating or only take smaller prey the closer she gets to laying time and 3-5 weeks is a good estimate.
:3. She will shed, and then she'll lay her eggs 10-14 days after shedding.
Maybe! That's the text book answer but it seems that all the snakes haven't read the book! I've heard of snakes laying BEFORE thier shed.
:4. Prior to her shed, I should get her a laying box. A rectangular plastic container with moist medium in it, in which to help her shed and as a future place for her to lay her eggs.
Yes! Everyone has thier own *recipe* for what type of box to use, what damp material to put in it and where to put the entrance hole. I just use a plastic shoe box, no lid, with damp moss in it - the kind marketed as All natural Green Moss from Walmart. I set up the box soon after the last breeding to give her time to get used to it.
:5. What temperature should I set my incubator at? I think I read earlier in the week 82, which would allow for a natural rise and fall of the room temp.
80-82 is good to shoot for - it gives you a few degrees leeway if it varies up or down. Lower is better - the eggs will still hatch but take longer - too high will cook them or possibly cause defects.
Good luck! Those are good looking adults you're breeding!