DOA Gravid Dasypeltis inornata - Southern Brown Egg Eater

DOA Gravid Dasypeltis inornata - Southern Brown Egg Eater

Postby Serpent » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:52 am

I found this egg eater in a flower bed in my garden, she could not have been dead for more than a day or so. There were no signs of injury apart from her vent area looking discoloured and infected, perhaps she was egg bound. Poor snake.

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Re: DOA Gravid Dasypeltis inornata - Southern Brown Egg Eate

Postby Mitton » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:14 am

She looks full of eggs, must have been egg bound.
Did you try remove the eggs, maybe they can still be saved?
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Re: DOA Gravid Dasypeltis inornata - Southern Brown Egg Eate

Postby Serpent » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:25 am

Mitton what self respecting herper does not disect a dead gravid snake? All eggs went hard, like a boiled egg accept for one, I have candled the egg but it does not look promising.

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Re: DOA Gravid Dasypeltis inornata - Southern Brown Egg Eate

Postby Serpent » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:47 am

The snake was in the sun though for at least a day, which could not have helped much.
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Re: DOA Gravid Dasypeltis inornata - Southern Brown Egg Eate

Postby Bushviper » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:18 am

Those eggs do not look viable. Possibly this intense heat we have been having just ended up dehydrating her to the point where she became egg bound.

I have heard of people saving eggs from dead specimens and even a mole snake from which 25 live babies were removed a whole night after she was killed but my record so far is dismal.
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Re: DOA Gravid Dasypeltis inornata - Southern Brown Egg Eate

Postby Westley Price » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:48 pm

Hey Serpent

How are the eggs looking?

Did they all go off or are some of them still looking good?
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Re: DOA Gravid Dasypeltis inornata - Southern Brown Egg Eate

Postby Unforgiven » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:53 pm

What Westley said?

We have had a really hot summer this year surprisingly
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Re: DOA Gravid Dasypeltis inornata - Southern Brown Egg Eate

Postby Serpent » Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:02 pm

No luck. They all went mouldy and brown. I guess I was too late and they were too far gone.
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Re: DOA Gravid Dasypeltis inornata - Southern Brown Egg Eate

Postby Westley Price » Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:17 pm

At least you gave them the best chance!
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Re: DOA Gravid Dasypeltis inornata - Southern Brown Egg Eate

Postby Serpent » Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:48 pm

Thanks for the words of encouragement Westley. It would have been quite a story if they did hatch though hey!
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