Hydrodynastes gigas hatching (False water cobra)

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Hydrodynastes gigas hatching (False water cobra)

Postby ColinF » Mon Nov 14, 2005 8:34 am

This was my interesting weekend. My first time as as dad! :cool:

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Postby Bushbaby » Mon Nov 14, 2005 8:55 am

Congratulations!!

So how many hatched??
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Postby ColinF » Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:00 am

I has hatched, and one is still sitting in the open egg. The rest will probably need help. I will see what the situation is when I get home. They started hatching early on Saturday morning.
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Postby Bushbaby » Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:02 am

I would've cut them open yesterday morning already. 24 hours after the 1st one hatches is when you need to do the cutting thing.
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Postby neko » Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:16 am

I've had corns take 4 days to hatch from the time when the first baby pipped to the last. Then again, I left some rats for the same period, and opened up to find dead hatchlings.

I guess incubation temps, and where the eggs lay have a lot to do with the hatching time. It makes sense that a incubator kept at 28ºC with a clump off eggs always kept on the same spot will create a temperature gradient in the hatching box which allows certain eggs to develop quicker than others. Not much quicker, perhaps a few hours or perhaps days difference in development of the embrioys.

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Postby ColinF » Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:23 am

Now I'm confused and ready to leave the office now to cut eggs! :-?

Denis also suggested that I leave them until at least this afternoon. I just don't want any babies to die because I was too late or too soon at cutting. :cry:

If there is harm in cutting, then I will do it.
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Postby Bushbaby » Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:30 am

I would suggest cutting the eggs. Don't pull the babies out or anything, but just make a small cut on the top of the egg and then leave them till this arvie. Just be careful.
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Postby ColinF » Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:17 pm

Ok, they are all cut. I could see the snakes inside, but a lot more white stuff than anything else. I could not get any to move, but I don't think it means anything at this point. Even the small white egg may have something inside as it was also full of white stuff, but I could not see a snake, but was not going to start poking around too much.

No 2 was happy in the incubator's water, and quite difficult to catch. Fast little buggers!... :twisted:

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Postby Bushbaby » Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:22 pm

No problem.

Hopefully they will come out now that they see the light.

Good luck. Keep us posted.
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Postby Gabi » Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:33 pm

Congratulations Daddy!!!!! Hope the others pick up enough courage soon :lol: :lol:
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Postby feri » Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:12 pm

congrats falsewatercobra man
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Postby ColinF » Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:14 am

Thanks guys.

There is still no change with the other eggs as yet... :-?
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Postby Corncrazy » Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:41 am

Some of my corns also took longer than the first one to hatch.

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Postby ColinF » Tue Nov 15, 2005 9:06 am

Thanks Dayne, I'm holding thumbs!

After how long with the eggs open, and no babies out yet shall I call it day? :-?
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Postby Bushbaby » Tue Nov 15, 2005 9:08 am

Try taking a blunt object and prodding them. If there's movement then you know they are still fine.
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