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Q: Why did my snake lay so many boob eggs?
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So, my jungle carpet female laid these eggs today. I'm wondering if anyone might know why she keeps laying so many boob eggs. Last year she laid 22 eggs, 15 of which were boob eggs. None of them hatched but it was her first year. This year she laid 19, two had no white at all, and 11 of them are boob eggs. Whe we cut her eggs open last year after we were sure they weren't hatching she had a LOT of twins. Could that be what causes the eggs to be like this? 

Points: 100
Topics: Egg Laying
Tags: Breeding, JungleCarpetPython
Species: Pythons > Morelia > Morelia spilota cheynei
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Author Comment 5/18/2017 6:10:10 PM


For some reason the image didn't post when I made it and I can't find how to edit my question so here's the picture. >.<

Member Comment 5/18/2017 7:19:21 PM

Sonja K. Reptiles

Just to get a fuller picture and/or to rule out some things, how old is she, any idea how much she weighed going into breeding each season, and what are the range of temperatures in her enclosure?

Member Comment 5/18/2017 7:48:22 PM


Looks like shark teeth.

Author Comment 5/18/2017 10:24:52 PM


She's going to be 11 this year, and when I weighed her she was about about 6 pounds. Her temps usually range from about 75 or so on the cool end to high 80s on the hot end. Unfortunately she's not in a temperature controlled room, so even though she has a heat pad and everything there's some fluctuation. 

Member Comment 5/19/2017 1:06:07 PM

Sonja K. Reptiles

What sort ofenclosureisit? Wood, PVC, glass? Were both this season and last with the same male?

Has she been prior to these two times? If so, were the eggs in those clutches well developed? Was it with the same male or different?

Member Comment 5/20/2017 9:54:25 AM


I'm an ass man.

Author Comment 5/20/2017 4:55:23 PM


These were the only two clutches she's had, and same male both times. She's in one of those Neodisha displays that are shaped weird. Neither of them had been bred with anyone else. I read online that people don't usually cool them but I'm wondering if I should be. 

Member Comment 5/20/2017 5:24:47 PM

Sonja K. Reptiles

I think this is more of a development of the eggs issue vs fertility, twins, condition and / or age of female, etc. 

My initial thinking, and that's all it is, is more that there's something environmental that is taking place during the actual development of the eggs - something like a drop in temperature, too much fluctuation in temp., that she needs perhaps an overall higher ambient temp of say 82ish and a hot spot of 92ish particularily in the period from her POS to laying. I could see that being difficult to obtain consistently in a room that isn't temp controlled and within a Neodesha. 

Perhaps a different enclosure, such as a PVC one, thatis better insulated / would keep more heat in would work? Perhaps she would benefit from basking heat supplied by a Radiant Heat Panel? I guess if it were me, that's the angle I'd start with in trying to figure it out.

Member Comment 5/22/2017 12:57:03 AM


Appears poor development of eggs, like lack of calcium shelling the eggs? Maybe not conditioned for breeding quite enough?  Also heat stress, keeping male constantly too warm can mess up sperm production. You mention has heat pad? I don't like them as snakes lay on them and concentrate to much heat, tending to overcook developeing eggs and maternal incubated eggs. As mentioned temp highs and lows could be messing things up. Just some thoughts?

Member Comment 5/26/2017 11:06:33 PM

Serpents of Oz

What is the temp of the cage floor where the heat pad is? Is the heat pad on 24/7? In the two months before she lays, does she spend most or all of her time on the side of the cage with the heat pad? 

Member Comment 6/7/2017 7:27:44 PM


These are all slugs....are you breeding to the same male?  

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