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Q: Umbilical Cord attached to hatchling Corn
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My second clutch of corn snake babies are pipping! Yay! One of the two babies that have left the egg still has the umbilical cord attached. I have no idea what to do here. Any advise would be greatly appreciated!

Points: 100
Topics: General Health , Pipping , Neonate Rearing
Tags: Care, Cornsnake, Hatchling, Neonate, Umbilicus
Species: Other Colubrids > Other Colubrids > Elaphe guttata guttata
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Member Comment 8/18/2012 1:43:57 PM


Post a pic please, depending on how much is attached it'll fall off on it's own, if it doesn't there is a way to remove it yourself, but the pic will be most helpful.

Author Comment 8/18/2012 2:06:44 PM


Not the best picture in the world but best I can get my cam hate baby snakes

Member Comment 8/18/2012 2:18:11 PM


Put it on some damp paper towels it wil come off on its own.

Member Comment 8/18/2012 2:40:52 PM


Leave it alone it will fall off all by itself !

Accepted Answer 8/18/2012 4:33:12 PM

Two Corny People

Agree with the above.  We have had this happen multiple times and we place the hatchling in an individual container with a moist paper towel and it eventually falls off as stated above - just make sure to check the hatchling and the enclosure daily and make sure no fecal matter or substrate comes in contact with the area (very subject to bacterial infection at this time).  Ours typically fall off within a week with no issues.

Author Comment 8/18/2012 5:23:53 PM


Thanks guys. Just freaked me out a little.

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