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Posted by sasheena on April 23, 2003 at 12:22:48:
After reading a bunch of different messages in the archives, what Iíve come to understand about the eggs are the following points:
1. They will sometimes dimple and even wrinkle, this is an indication that the humidity is too low. I should increase the humidity. But donít stress too much as kingsnake eggs are ďforgivingĒ
2. If they turn green and start to smell foul, they are dead-eggs, and should be thrown away.
3. If some are bad, but others arenít the bad ones might mold, but the good ones should not be effected by this, and should do okay.
4. I should keep the temperatures between 78 and 82 and they should hatch in 60 days give or take a couple of weeks,
Questions I still have:
1. I should candle the eggs how many days after they are laid?
2. How do I candle them when they are in one big clump? Just shine a flashlight through the whole clump and look for veins?
3. If the eggs are still pliable and soft after 72 hours, is this normal?
4. Will I ever stop fretting over these eggs? (I know the answer to this oneÖ YESÖ and THEN, hopefully, Iíll be fretting over HATCHLINGS!)
Thanks again for any responses. I know I keep asking questions, but I really do want to get this right. I would hate for my female snake to have gone through the entire thing just to have ME mess it up and not take care of her eggs well enough for them to hatch! Plus I have one more gravid kingsnake who should be laying her eggs in about a month, and if Iíve done this one wrong, I want to know and understand my mistakes so that when I have the next batch I donít make those mistakes and at least have ONE viable clutch of kingsnake eggs this year.
Again, thanks for listening and for any advice.