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Kingsnake clutch!

Discussion in 'Reptiles & Amphibians' started by Teal, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. Tahlz

    Tahlz Good Dog

    Why not? :(
  2. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

  3. What's wrong??
  4. Teal

    Teal Krypto Super Dog Premium Member

    Two of them might be okay... but the rest are bad :(
  5. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    If they slug then they slug. You're not turning them, are you?
  6. Teal

    Teal Krypto Super Dog Premium Member

    Nope. I marked the tops, even though they're clumped together any I'd have to flip over the whole lot, and kept em how I found em!
  7. What's your humidity at?
  8. Teal

    Teal Krypto Super Dog Premium Member

    Who knows? I've got a styrofoam ice chest, a head pad, a little shelf, and the eggs in a tupperware full of perlite. It's moist in there, though! I just don't have any money to buy gauges or 'stats
  9. Gerry

    Gerry Big Dog

    There's no local reptile stores that incubates for costumers? The one I worked at did it for free.. Kinda they got to keep 10% of the clutch..which isn't to bad and they call you when they hatched ect.

  10. Gatorpit

    Gatorpit Good Dog

    It can be too humid is the thing...do you open up the tupperware you keep the eggs in every other day or so? They need to be briefly aired every once in awhile.
  11. #1 stunner

    #1 stunner Good Dog

    Oh dear.......no babies?
  12. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    It's probably due to the lack of air circulation, then. Though it may also be too hot
  13. Teal

    Teal Krypto Super Dog Premium Member

    I open the container at least once a day to check the temperature.. I have a little digital thermometer in there.

    We don't have local ANYTHING :lol: But no, there aren't any reptile-knowledgeable stores within 3 hours of here.
  14. Amon Ra Reptiles

    Amon Ra Reptiles Little Dog

    What temp is it reading ? Also like dances said you may have it to moist. To wet of a substrate will make the eggs mold. Try taking a piece of hmmm let me think..... We use the light diffuser things you put over fluorescent lights.
    Cut to the size of the egg tub and you put it over the substrate and set the eggs on it. That way they are not sitting on the wet substrate but can have 100% humidity. If you can't find it or dont want to buy it for one clutch of eggs then maybe get some sticks and lay in a criss cross fashion and set the eggs on top.
    If they are starting to mold then they are bad. You can always candle them again and see if you see any veins. If so they are still good.
  15. Teal

    Teal Krypto Super Dog Premium Member

    The temp fluxes... usually between 80-85, but it's dipped lower and higher sometimes.

    Most of them are moldy. Unfortunately, they're in a giant clump so the only way I could candle them is to take out the whole lot onto something clear... I don't know if I want to muck with them. But I might, just so I'm not sitting here waiting for them to smell awful if they're all bad LOL
  16. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    The healthy ones shouldn't mold. I got a clutch of 5 and 3 molded and went bad. The other two hatched. I incubated at 85, used plastic containers (the kid restaurants use with holes in the sides, not the top. I also used vermiculite (perilite works well too), mixed to the consistency of a loose snowball. I also buried 2/3's of each egg. Good luck! Keep us updated!
  17. Teal

    Teal Krypto Super Dog Premium Member

    Well, I figured I would update this...

    Everything I've read says that 70 days is the hatching mark for Kingsnakes. They didn't hatch at 70 days.

    Or at 80 days.

    I put the whole set up outside to discard the day before yesterday, because it really was smelling bad. It was 91 days since they were laid.

    Yesterday I went to discard them... and there was a dead hatchling :( The temperatures outside were brutal...

    I bawled my friggin eyes out over that little dead snake. I failed SO BADLY.

    I asked for advice on a reptile forum, who said to cut open the two remaining "good" looking eggs (mind you, "good" in this situation only means plump... they were still moldy and discoloured)

    I couldn't do it yesterday, being so upset about that lil hatchling, so I did it just now.

    Two dead neonates :(

    I can't even begin to explain how awful I feel...
  18. That's terrible!!! I`m sorry that your experience didn`t go well, it can be tricky!
  19. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    Oh I'm so sorry. I was about to give up on my last clutch of milksnake eggs. There was only two good eggs left. The day I decided to give up, I also decided to just forget about them, leave the incubator on and wait for them to go completely to mush. Thank Gawd I did that or I would have been in the same situation as you.

    I always incubate king, corn, rat and milks at 84/85 and it's worked well for me.

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