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Redheaded Beaked Snake Breeding - Update on the Eggs

Posted by Sonja K. at 10/1/2013 6:31:28 PM

On June 30th, I found 2 fairly dehydrated eggs in the enclosure of my Redheaded Beaked Snake. 

I wrote about that in this blog.

The weeks and months have passed. The eggs rehydrated nicely. On Sept 15th, 74 days into the incubation (when I had come to expect they would likely hatch around day 70 based on other species I've worked with) one of the eggs began to crash. I cut it open on day 77 to find a partially developed baby, but still quite a ways from full term.

The other egg remained full and healthy looking, and then started to dimple slightly like what one would expect before hatching early last week. Then this past Friday I noticed just the slightest bit of discoloration. When I returned to town Sunday evening, the shell was beginning to feel a little "slimy".

I cut it open last night since there was now yellow and green coloration appearing. It was day 92 from when I found them. What was inside appeared to be a fully formed baby. It weighed 9 grams and was ~12 inches long. There were no kinks that I could feel.

It's such a bummer. I got so close, but just not quite. I will definitely be striving to reach my goal of captively producing this species again next year!

Here are pics of what it looked like - the color was there, the spots, all of it.

 Comments: View Oldest First  

Aimee ,
Posted At: 10/1/2013 6:55:57 PM  

Awwww, almost. I'm sorry you lost them.

Shannin ,
Posted At: 10/1/2013 7:24:27 PM  

Aw..that second one was so cute,  I thought it was gonna end happy.  Sorry, Sonja.  :(

Posted At: 10/1/2013 8:58:11 PM  

oh, it was so close! I also thought it was going to end happily, how sad :(

Michael ,
Posted At: 10/1/2013 9:36:47 PM  

Bummer !

Michael ,
Posted At: 10/1/2013 9:38:10 PM  

was it twins  ??


Lauren ,
Posted At: 10/1/2013 10:00:38 PM  

Aww, I'm sorry. :( Hopefully you have a better result next year!

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 10/1/2013 10:53:51 PM  

Thanks everyone. There's not much information out there on them, so I'm trying to take solace in what I was able to do... I'm determined to figure it out.

Michael - no, not twins, but does kind of look like that in the last pic.  The black spot within the yolk was I believe part of the umbilical - was string-like but balled up in that pic.

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 10/2/2013 9:39:08 AM  

Always next time!!!!!

Sarah Auzina,
Posted At: 10/2/2013 10:45:22 AM  

Awww! You'll get them right, I know it! You'll have cute little squirmy hatchlings of this variety soon! I just know it.

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