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Q: How long normally does it take for a corn snake to lay eggs after a pre-lay shed?
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Diamond [Anery het hypo]

 I am starting to become concerned for my oldest female anery corn snake Diamond who has it seems been gravid forever around 2 months and now she has finally had her pre-lay shed and constantly going in out of her lay box container but no eggs yet. I was wondering what is the average time it takes for a corn snake to lay eggs after their pre-lay shed?  It's been since March 21, since she shed her skin, so it's been 7-8 days. Thanks!

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Topics: Ovulation , Egg Laying
Tags: Layingeggs, Prelayshed
Species: Other Colubrids > Other Colubrids > Elaphe guttata guttata
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Member Comment 3/28/2012 2:13:42 PM


7-14 days is the average but I've seen females go up to 21 days.

Author Comment 3/28/2012 2:30:14 PM


Wow! That is a long time it seems like. Thanks FyreFocks.

Assisted Answer 3/28/2012 2:46:38 PM


Yep Nate beat me to it, but even if it's a little longer than the 14 days I wouldn't panic or anything, only if she become listless or seems off would I worry about her being eggbound.  We also had a girl that stayed very active and I thought she was gravid, but now she's getting smaller and I think she just reabsorbed them ><

Just keep an eye on her and best of luck!

Author Comment 3/28/2012 2:49:16 PM


Thanks Tiki! I was getting worried something might be wrong but not I'm somewhat relieved just anxious.  Awww...why do they reabsorb the eggs do you know?

Member Comment 3/28/2012 2:58:08 PM


Nate can probably give more reasons than me, but from my understanding it's if the eggs were never fertilized, now some will slug out and lay all slugs, but some may just reasorb them if the male never deposited viable sperm.  The male I bred her to is really fat for a corn, I think his previous owner overfed him, I never saw them copulate (I half wonder if he was too fat and lazy), but I miss it sometimes, my coral snow laid 12 eggs, but I never saw her copulate either.

Assisted Answer 3/28/2012 3:46:03 PM


I'm actually not all too familiar with reabsorbing eggs, but I would guess that Tiki's guess is close to the mark. A lot of their physical resources go in to producing follicles and eggs, and if they aren't fertile them passing them is simply a loss for the snake. So why not reabsorb them?

Author Comment 3/28/2012 5:16:07 PM


Thanks to the both of you for yr help. She seems pretty active still and has been out and about alot today. I know she's got eggs in her because I can for sure feel them but she may be taking her time. I have a lay container in her enclosure with spagnum moss that is damp and it's nice and warm in there as well like 86-87 F. I'm guessing that's good temps for the lay container with 99% humidity.

Assisted Answer 3/28/2012 6:47:05 PM


What Nate said. Good luck & be sure to keep us posted!

Accepted Answer 3/28/2012 8:14:48 PM

Two Corny People

If she is going into and out of her laybox this is typical of the time right before they lay in our experience (they try to move the eggs down closer to the cloacal region).  Look for signs of a "triangular" shape to the female and evidence of digging in the laybox - these are both sure signs she is about to lay in our experience.  Our average is around 2 weeks but longer than that and I would take the advice above and make sure that you do not have any complications due to eggbinding.

Assisted Answer 3/28/2012 8:49:29 PM


Mine layed her eggs 17 day after her pre-lay shed. I was beggining to worry. But she was in and out of her lay box the whole time. The last 3 days before she layed she was stretched out across the cage looking uncomfortable. Then she decided she didn't like her box and layed the eggs underneath it. Lol! Good luck! Smile


Author Comment 3/28/2012 11:11:01 PM


Wow, okay... I'm not worried as much now as I was. She's constantly in and out of her lay box and she seems to be more restless then the past couple of days. I do notice here going in and out a lot. When she is in she's foraging or moving her moss around and then coming right back out for a few then going back in to do more of the same. I took her large water dish out, because that is my greatest fear is her laying them in her dish full of water so , took it out today.  She's got a slight "triangular" shape but not so much that it looks really obvious yet. I'll keep everyone posted for sure.

    I'm just hoping it's not a repeat of last year for her. She ended up laying her eggs all strewn about in her enclosure and none were any good. They all came out smooshy and gooey and just hope that doesn't happen again. Last year she laid 23 eggs but I was only able to incubate two of them and they ended up going bad less then half way through incubation. I'm just crossing my fingers X for her and for the eggs to be well this time. She didn't end up getting ill or anything like that and ate right away for me . I think she's doing better already this year just still anxious for her to lay them so I'm sure.

Assisted Answer 3/29/2012 12:41:59 AM


My understanding is eggs can not be absorbed, neither can slugs. Follicles (so pre-ovulation) can be absorbed but after ovulation they cannot be. Other than that, I know virtually nothing about breeding corn snakes but I think the folks who have chimed in know what they are talking about :) I wouldn't worry myself unless I was approaching the 21 day mark and still nothing, keep us posted!

Author Comment 3/29/2012 3:06:33 AM


I will keep everyone posted. I'm guessing since Diamond my gravid female-is about to lay eggs very soon now...I hope that is the sign I am getting from her tonight-this morning since she's been in her lay box for three hours not doing anything but pushing her nose constantly to one side of  her container with all her might....back and fourth ..and back and fourth. She's moving things around in there a lot the past three hours. I'm hoping that is a sign she will soon drop the eggs! Thanks again for everyone's imput.

Author Comment 3/29/2012 11:09:10 AM


pics of her laying her eggs! Yepee!

Member Comment 3/29/2012 11:12:30 AM

Two Corny People

They look good and keep us posted....good luck with the incubation period and the hatchlings.

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Author Comment 3/29/2012 11:58:25 AM


Thank you ! I will. I hope they make through incubation. There are two or three questionable one's at the bottom of the clutch of eggs but since they stuck to the rest I'll keep them together with the rest. She's still laying more from what I can tell!

Assisted Answer 3/29/2012 1:24:23 PM

Sonja K. Reptiles

Fun pictures! Congrats!

Member Comment 3/29/2012 3:44:35 PM


Yay! Congrats and good luck with incubation!

Member Comment 3/29/2012 5:38:14 PM


Congrats!!  Hope that's a load off your shoulders, now you get to play the waiting game, the worst part!

Author Comment 3/29/2012 7:01:34 PM


Thanks everyone for the congrats and for all the imput you've given me! I appreciate it so much...I know right, the waiting game never seems to end ....LOL!

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