Grass Snake eggs - Reptile Forums

Go Back   Reptile Forums > Help and Chat > Snakes


  #1 (permalink)  
Old 12-10-2019, 02:35 PM
Grumpy Granny's Avatar
Super Citizen
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: South East England
Posts: 773
Default Grass Snake eggs

A week ago I was handed a clump of Grass Snake eggs that had been dug up from a compost heap. Think that it may be a bit late in the year and that the eggs may have become too cold, but giving incubation a go.


I am aware that Grass Snakes are a protected species and must not be harmed or sold, but IF the eggs hatch, what do I do with the youngsters ?


The eggs are in a plastic box with some of the original compost around and over them. They are close to a heater and I have made sure the humidity is OK


I have several empty vivs., so should I keep the babes until the warmer weather, or let them go by a local stream now ?


Would it be legal for me to keep one of them ? Would they eat before brummation, and if so what ????


Thank you to anyone who replies and offers help
__________________
-+-


Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 12-10-2019, 02:57 PM
GT2540's Avatar
Super Citizen
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: essex
Posts: 713
Default

I very much doubt they are viable at this time of year, do you have a picture?
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 12-10-2019, 04:58 PM
Premier Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Slough
Posts: 8,832
Default

You can keep them or gift them to people but you cannot sell them as they are deemed to be wild caught due to hatching from eggs taken from the wild.
If they hatch your best bet will be to overwinter them.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 12-10-2019, 08:54 PM
karlh's Avatar
Premier Citizen
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Lancs, Lowestoft,
Posts: 2,210
Reviews: 3
Default

Looking forward to seeing what happens with these. I believe they must be 3rd generation captive bred before they can be legally sold? I dont know how that is proved mind. Theres one or two grass snakes keepers / breeders here. They can give a more accurate post than mine
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 12-10-2019, 10:19 PM
Premier Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Slough
Posts: 8,832
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by karlh View Post
Looking forward to seeing what happens with these. I believe they must be 3rd generation captive bred before they can be legally sold? I dont know how that is proved mind. Theres one or two grass snakes keepers / breeders here. They can give a more accurate post than mine
No that's completely wrong.
I have a pair of Natrix natrix and awaiting a pair of Natrix helvetica.
As long as they were hatched from a clutch laid in captivity, from a mating in captivity, they can legally be sold.
This third generation fallacy is just that. Where it came from I have no idea but it's nonsense.
Eggs laid from a wild pairing are legally wild caught as are the hatchlings from such a clutch
It is not illegal to keep wild taken grass snakes.
StuG and danl like this.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 13-10-2019, 12:56 AM
Grumpy Granny's Avatar
Super Citizen
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: South East England
Posts: 773
Default

Thank you all for your replys. Just a case of waiting to see what - if anything - happens.


The friend who gave me the clutch works as a gardener and that is how he came to find them.


No intension of selling anything that may hatch, just would love to save their lives and keep one as a pet.
Cthulhu slumbers likes this.
__________________
-+-


Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 13-10-2019, 11:52 AM
Premier Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Slough
Posts: 8,832
Default

If they hatch and overwinter, they may be difficult to get feeding. If you get that far I can put you in touch with someone who breeds grass snakes to advise you on how he gets his going.
Mine take defrost pinks and fish and are brilliant feeders.
Grumpy Granny likes this.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 13-10-2019, 09:41 PM
Grumpy Granny's Avatar
Super Citizen
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: South East England
Posts: 773
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ian14 View Post
If they hatch and overwinter, they may be difficult to get feeding. If you get that far I can put you in touch with someone who breeds grass snakes to advise you on how he gets his going.
Mine take defrost pinks and fish and are brilliant feeders.



Thank you Ian, much appreciate your help.


The eggs look to be OK and I've had them a week now. Still all stuck together


Having bred hundreds of Royal Pythons in the past I am surprised at the size of the eggs = so small
__________________
-+-


Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
grass snakes

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 06:55 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © 2005 - 2011, Reptile Forums (RFUK™)