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So... Sperm Retention in Carpet Pythons...

Posted by Lauren at 5/21/2011 11:18:15 PM

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

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jeremy ,
Posted At: 5/22/2011 12:09:47 AM  
Yes. Carpets can and will, as you now know. Did you candle any of them yet? It will be interesting to see how many of them are actual fertile and go the distance.

Emily ,
Posted At: 5/22/2011 1:12:49 AM  

Yeah I'd candle them because snakes can lay entire infertile clutches that will appear to be perfectly fertile but really aren't. They'll candle yellow if they aren't.

Patrick Malloy,
Posted At: 5/22/2011 3:12:06 AM  

Sperm Retention is one of the worst things to happen when trying to go for recessive mutations! Ball pythons are more infamous for sperm retention but it happens with all species. Sweet on the free clutch!

Abby McDufford,
Posted At: 5/22/2011 7:10:30 AM  

I would personally get the mold off the one and try to salvage it - maybe put it in a seperate incubation container though. As for the one with the spot - it is probably fine too. Lots of boob eggs have gone the distance. I would candle all of them though. Just because they look good does not mean they are fertile ;) It is a nice looking clutch though!

Lauren ,
Posted At: 5/22/2011 9:00:30 AM  

I did candle them, and there are plenty of good vessels in there. They're a lot healthier looking than Morrigan's failed clutch, that's for sure.

Ricky ,
Posted At: 5/22/2011 2:40:54 PM  

Very cool, It's neat to hear positive proof of sperm retention in carpets.  And my advice, no matter what anyone else says, I remove moldy eggs immediately.  They have always caused trouble for me.

Michael ,
Posted At: 5/22/2011 3:31:04 PM  

since there unwanted i will adopt a female

Lauren ,
Posted At: 5/22/2011 6:49:40 PM  

Yea Ricky, I think I'm leaning towards that too.. Last year I lost half the clutch due to mold.

craig ,
Posted At: 5/23/2011 2:23:03 AM  

i had a small clutch of 10 laid this year and all 10 hatched. 2 of wich had mold starting i had to remove it  every several days. the one hatched and is fine. the other hatched and was the best looking snake(jag) of the clutch. it died within 24hours. i would keep it clean and see what happends.

Charlotte ,
Posted At: 5/23/2011 1:03:08 PM  

Wow that is awesome. My question is, I bred Honey last year to phantom and this year to Angel. I didn't see much copulation between angel and honey, just flirting. But she laid a healthy clutch of 14 today... I assumed they are Angel's babies. Should I assume that? Sperm retention just makes things confusing... LOL

Katie Baker,
Posted At: 5/25/2011 12:49:23 AM  

You know I'd love some of the babies :)  My babies from 2011 and Jager from 2010 are doing fantastic!

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