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Old 16-02-2012, 01:08 PM
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Question Behaviour close to laying

Hey guys,
I think my bull snake is close to laying eggs.
I've made up a nesting box made from cardboard (this was the only thing big enough for her).
Anyway, I'm just wondering how snakes should behave just before laying?
My snake spends ALL day in her new nesting box, hardly moving at all, but then gets really energetic at night, going round and round in her viv.
Is this how a pregnant snake should act? Or is my snake just lazy? :P

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Old 16-02-2012, 01:19 PM
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In the last couple of days before laying they tend to be very active as they move the eggs down towards the vent.
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Old 16-02-2012, 02:01 PM
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but should they lay in their nesting box for a while before laying? or is my snake just lying where she feels comfortable?

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Sometimes they do, sometimes they dont. If your box is cardboard, how is it holding up to the moisture. If you havent got something like damp vermiculite or moss in the box, she may well lay in her water bowl. I usually use a large plastic tub -even for my Tai who is nearly 8ft.
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I have to use a spray bottle and spray into the box every hour to make sure it stays damp, I'm going to try and get a new box today, thanks
Does the box fit into your viv easily?
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Yes it does, but the Tai is in a 6ft x 2ft x 2ft. How big is your bull? My Tai can still squeeze into a 12" x 12" plastic tub when she wants to. She has a much bigger wet box too, but often chooses to lie in the smaller one. I put fairly damp vermiculite in it, and a bit of sphagnum moss. Then I put the lid on to keep the whole thing nice and moist. I use a hot knife to cut a hole in either the top or the side of the tub, big enough for her to get through easily. Most of my snakes have these wet hides, and use them when they are shedding.
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