An Olive Surprise!

Re: An Olive Surprise!

Postby Fooble » Sun Nov 09, 2008 4:05 pm

How many days has it been?
I wouldnt be overly worried.
Think nature often has a different time scale to us!
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Re: An Olive Surprise!

Postby Buck Rogers » Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:07 am

Dude, I have being checked on this daily to see the pics of the hatchlings :D
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Re: An Olive Surprise!

Postby Durban Keeper » Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:52 pm

Hi guys, still nothing Buck :-( im so over waiting! I'm off to work now, lets see if I come home to something tonight...
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Re: An Olive Surprise!

Postby arcadies » Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:04 pm

what temps are you incubating them at? is the temp constant?
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Re: An Olive Surprise!

Postby drummer » Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:56 pm

Durban Keeper wrote:Quick update guys. I've built an incubator as per JKA's instructions (Thanks for all the advise!!!) The temp in the incubation box has been a constant 28 without fluctuating for the last 18 hours.
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Re: An Olive Surprise!

Postby Mitton » Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:09 am

And, and, and???? Come on man, tell us!!!
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Re: An Olive Surprise!

Postby Durban Keeper » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:21 pm

I completely opened one of the eggs tonight & removed a fully developed baby snake.
This is something I've never done before. The baby is alive but very weak. I'll let you guys know if he survives the night.

At least we now know the other 5 babies from the first clutch should still be alive in their eggs. I'll wait until day 65, which will be Friday. I'll then proceed to cut tiny slits into the remaining 5 eggs from the first clutch...

Please don't judge me too harshly for the actions I have chosen to take here, but to me this is still very much a learning curb...

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Ps. arcadies, there has been virtually no fluctuation in the temps of my incubator.
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Re: An Olive Surprise!

Postby jka » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:50 pm

Just keep the hatchling moist and don't remove the yolksac that is attached to him.
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Re: An Olive Surprise!

Postby arcadies » Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:24 pm

@DK: how are you measuring the temps in the incubator?

i have only hatched out 1 clutch of olives so far, at 29c it took 58 days to hatch. Good luck, keep us posted
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Re: An Olive Surprise!

Postby Durban Keeper » Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:11 am

Thanks guys....

Jka, I'm afraid it's too late for that :-( we removed everything from the little snake. A stupid move I know, we were being foolish & in the heat of the moment not thinking straight. It's been 5 hours now & the little baby is still alive. I actually saw him drinking some of the egg white. If he makes it I will keep him for sure, the little soldier... but lets not get ahead of ourselves here...

Ok, I've proceeded to cut a small slits into two more of the eggs. Lets see if the babies decide to come out soon. If they do, I'll pip the rest manually as well.

I have two thermometers that I bought in pet shops, one in each plastic tub. both show up at 28. I have to admit, during times I noted the temps were down to 27. maybe that's why these guys are just taking that little bit longer. Still, thanks for the info Jka & Arcadies, I appreciate it...

Updates to follow soon.

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Re: An Olive Surprise!

Postby Bushviper » Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:08 am

Dont ever remove a snake from an egg. You can cut slits in the eggs if you are sure this can be done without harming the snake (cutting blood vessels etc) and then just leave them. There is no hard and fast rule regarding the exact number of days a snake takes to hatch. I have personally seen a brown house snake hatch at 104 days.
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Re: An Olive Surprise!

Postby Fooble » Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:19 am

Eish, yeah dude i think you just need to hold up on your patience.
Like Bushviper said about "hard fast rules" there are none really. Ive also hatched eggs that have taken over a 3 weeks longer then they should have. Removing them from the egg is like removing a premature baby then you may encounter all sorts of problems.
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Re: An Olive Surprise!

Postby drummer » Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:38 am

I hope you never get your wife pregnant! :shock:
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Re: An Olive Surprise!

Postby Bushviper » Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:45 am

Drummer you are wicked. It is actually 40 weeks so your wife is gonna have an early C-section as well? Babies that go over term are born with longer fingernails and more hair.
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Re: An Olive Surprise!

Postby Fooble » Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:10 am

Haha!
Tokeloshe babies! Now those would be cool!
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