I had no intention to breed Danu this year. None. Taliesin was not allowed in her cage at all, and both of them seemed quite disappointed about that... Taliesin had an extra-long fasting over breeding season even when he was finished with Morrigan, and Danu never ate the entire time either.
Well, this evening I thought to myself "Gee, Danu still hasn't eaten since late October... and she's been hiding herself in her hide the past few days. I better check on her."
My hunch was right:
I didn't count them completely, but plan to separate them tomorrow if I can; they seem to have been in there for a few days. Looks to be 22-28 or so.
Unless Taliesin figured out how to unlock and open his cage, then open Danu's (and get back into his cage in a single night) then it looks like this would be some sperm retention. I didn't realize that was possible... and I sure hope this doesn't happen again next year.
On the plus side, in a few days Danu will start eating again and I can get her up to weight. She's pretty thin...
I do have some egg questions-- they all look good, though there was one slug. Two of them have some defects-- one has a little calcified lump and the other looks to be getting kind of moldy. I plan to remove the mold one and just toss it to avoid spreading to the others, thoughts?
Also... anyone want to buy some carpet python babies for cheap? XD