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Posted by TribalCorns at 6/27/2018 6:59:38 AM

Who else has clutches hatching now.. or soon? I love hatching season. We only had the one clutch this year and its just now hatching.

Since college I've only hatched two clutches of corn snakes, but during college I got to help hatch gray rat snakes, other corns, and eastern chain king snakes. I've never experienced a problem like this with the previous clutches I had maintained.

Early this morning and yesterday was a first for me. I've never had a baby hatch too early with yolk still attached. I've seen what ball python breeders and other corn breeders do to help this in videos so I knew I had three paths to take.

1) try to save it and just tie off the yolk sack so that the rest will dry then fall off.Keeping it on moist paper towel in a small cup to keep it from moving much.

2) Leave the yolk on (mine didn't have much left in it) and do the same keeping it on moist papertowel in a small cup. Both 1 and 2 say to leave it for 48 hours to see if the baby was successful in absorbing the yolk.

3) Or lastly just euthanize the poor scrap.

I tried #2 method as it didn't have much of a yolk left on it. Then left the baby alone for a long while to keep it from stressing on the moist paper towel. When I checked on it (at 2am cause I'm an insomniac) I found the little one had pulled out its insides unfortunately. So I immediately euthanized it. I fee like this doesn't happen often to corns or other species. Has it ever happened to you guys?

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Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 6/28/2018 8:58:07 AM  

Over the years, I can remember such in various types of Boas, and with one Cave Dwelling Ratsnake.

Posted At: 6/28/2018 9:05:56 AM  

So it does seem pretty rare. Though I can find a few videos on youtube of people attempting option 1 or 2 that I described from ball python breeders. That's where I had first heard of something like that happening.

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 6/28/2018 9:26:01 AM  

As far as colubrids, I have only hatched the Cave Dwellers, Rhino Rats, Redheaded Beaked snakes and Baron's Racers. I have never bred corns, so I can't say. Just the one experience with it in a Cave for me.

Rachel Gratis,
Posted At: 6/29/2018 5:46:45 PM  

Sad to hear that. :(

Mystic Exotics ,
Posted At: 7/14/2018 9:30:44 AM  

Check out "Flint" on my page. His egg dented early, and the egg discolored. He hatched with partial open belly with yoke attached.

I let nature run it's course, and he lived! He still lives with me and is one of my favorites.



Posted At: 8/26/2018 2:31:02 AM  

That's really great to hear Mystic. It's too bad this doesn't happen all the time.

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