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Old 13-05-2010, 01:58 PM
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As my first Childrens Python egg pipped today, I thought I'd post some pics:

1st lock seen 03/11/09:


2nd lock seen 04/11/09:


Eggs laid 28/03/10:


16 Eggs incubating:


1st egg pipped 13/05/10:


Now all I've got to do is sort out their little tubs and get the worms feeding!!

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Good luck with these Chris . Any sign of the female double clutching or did she just need a dump?
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Old 13-05-2010, 03:05 PM
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Good luck with these Chris . Any sign of the female double clutching or did she just need a dump?
Funny you should ask as I took a couple of pics her today:





As you can see, she's crapping OK (although it seems quite dry and solid) but she still looks very plump with noticeable "tail suck" that can be seen in the top picture. After laying on 28/03/10, she shed on 18/04/10 and as of today, she looks like she is going into shed again (her skin is very dull although it doesn't show up in the above pics). She appeared to ovulate on 29/04/10 so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she's brewing another clutch at the moment.

Please excuse the small piece of retained shed on her head, I would normally remove it but she's grumpy as hell, she nailed me a few weeks ago and given her possible condition, I'm not keen to upset her again!!

So, do you reckon she's gravid? If she is, this could be a UK first. Apparently Childrens double clutching has been recorded once in Germany and a couple of times in Australia but I'm not aware that it's ever happened anywhere else.

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She does look like she has a definate tail suck in those pics. Oh i do hope she is gravid, keep us informed Chris please . I always thought Pythons didn't double clutch so would be nice if this girl proves that wrong .
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She does look like she has a definate tail suck in those pics. Oh i do hope she is gravid, keep us informed Chris please . I always thought Pythons didn't double clutch so would be nice if this girl proves that wrong .
Will do.

Having had this happen to my Childrens, I've done quite a lot of research and it seems double clutching has been recorded a couple of times with Childrens and Macklots but it is a VERY rare occurance.

I have a thread running on an Australian forum on the subject to see if I can find out who has done it and when:

Childrens Python double clutching???? - Aussie Pythons & Snakes

If it happens, it happens, if it doesn't it doesn't, I'm still chuffed to have produced 16 eggs which is a huge clutch for a Childrens and the little one who popped his head out today is my first hatchling of 2010!

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nice one Chris dont forget to keep a girl for me
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nice one Chris dont forget to keep a girl for me
No worries, I'm keeping a list of who wants one but let me get them hatched and feeding first!

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No worries, I'm keeping a list of who wants one but let me get them hatched and feeding first!

just crack em open (only joking)
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Day 47 and 4 have pipped now, 1 dead egg (red one at the top), 1 embryo dead in shell (bottom right) and the yellow one in the middle doesn't look too healthy now but there's some good news - I've only just noticed that there's another egg under all the others that you can't see in the pic but the head poking out furthest in the middle is actually coming from the hidden 17th egg so I'm still on course for 14 babies!



I can't believe I didn't count them right in March!

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well done Chris im really pleased for you, last time we spoke you said you were really looking forward to these.
thrilled for you
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