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03-06-2017, 10:22 PM #1
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Surprise! First time clutch
Good evening folks,
I've canvassed the various sites over the years, and read as much as I could, but figured I'd ask for some last minute pointers. Over the years I've had plans of wanting to make certain ball morphs....in particular albino ones back when I seen my first. Long story short, I've got rid of mostly everything except my albino male and my pewter het albino/possible ghost female.
I tried to get a clutch out of them to try to get a cinnamon albino maybe, but never had any luck, and could never see them lock. I've even considered the idea of adopting out them all together. A few months back I left them together a couple days, but again couldn't get them interested.....or so I thought. My female had been acting strange lately, very restless during the nights. I came back from a near week business trip, and when I went to clean the cage, to my surprise I seen her wrapped around a clutch of eggs under one of the hides!
I've since removed the eggs, have them in a homemade incubator with vermiculite mix. I ended up with 8 eggs (all but 1 are stuck together), and all seem to be good under flashlight....but I am pretty new to this. So I guess I'm just asking if there are any pointers from experienced group here. Should I of tried to separate the eggs? If I leave them together, does it matter if some are not partially buried? I have been reading a lot of conflicting information. Anyway, anything is appreciated.
03-07-2017, 10:39 AM #2
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All stuck together is fine & not buried at all is best as well.
They "breathe" thru those shells afterall.
If they are surrounded by too much wet substrate it can/will kill them same as being too wet or too dry.
I like having the eggs right out of the substrate up on egg crate that way the incubation media can be as wet as you like (even straight water) & you do not have to worry about them getting too dry or being in contact with something that is too wet.
As long as you provide heat & humidity in the desired range they will do just fine & pip/hatch when they are ready/meant too, no need for intravention there either they know when it is best to come out despite what any book or "breeder" (I use the term loosely) states.
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03-15-2017, 10:44 PM #3
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Sounds great, thanks. I've made sure to expose as much of the eggs as possible. They're sitting at 32-34 degrees C and 83-85 humidity. Im guessing they'll make appearances around the first week of May. I guess I better start making preparations! Look like there can be a large amount of possibilities coming out of this?