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What to do with eggs?
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Old 07-02-2017, 03:16 AM   #1
What to do with eggs?

Hi, I'm new here and the snake in question, Hebi, belongs to my son. She was a rescue from the RSPCA in December. She has not had any contact with other snakes since then (& was housed alone at the RSPCA where she had been a couple of months at least).

Early June eggs were suddenly produced, over a week 14 were produced, almost all were certainly slugs but 4 we had enough doubt about to keep.

Hebi became seriously ill and we thought we were going to lose her, thanks to the care of a reptile vet she amazingly recovered. She was our priority, we weren't looking to breed, it seemed so unlikely the eggs were fertile so care of the 4 possible eggs was definitely a secondary concern.

We put the eggs in a plastic box with a loose lid and moist kitchen roll, the box is on the heat pad in the vivarium.

Here we are a month on, Hebi has finished her antibiotics, shed and is eating well so I am now left wondering what to do with the eggs. They still don't seem like the slugs we disposed of - one in particular was plumper from the start & is still a little squishy. They are all discoloured a little, a bit indented and aren't as soft as they were, I would also say they are heavier.

I am not keen to go out and buy specialist equipment and thinking just to let nature take it's course where they are but a bit concerned if any were to hatch that Hebi would eat them - is that likely?

I kind of wish we had frozen them at the start but now if they have Hebi's babies in them I couldn't possibly bring myself to do that as they will be much more developed now.

Just don't know what to do - is there a sure fire way to tell if they are viable eggs?
Old 07-02-2017, 11:13 AM   #2
You can shine a light through them to see if there are any obvious blood vessels. It doesn't sound like you have viable eggs. Look at some of the posts in this forum that show good fertile eggs. They are seldom discolored or squishy. Usually bad eggs have fungus growing on them quickly or appear to be sweating. Indentations usually mean the humidity is too low. Do a search of this forum for handling eggs, there's a lot more to it than you realize.

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