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I just wanted to share how I breed my corns. If I get anything wrong then please tell me. It would be very helpful!I am not perfect and I love constructive criticism! First of all,I DO NOT BRUMATE MY CORNS. The main reason I don't brumate them is because I don't have a place to and I have done fine without it. I usually feed my corns a bit more than usual just to make sure they are good and ready to go. In the new year I wait till my female sheds for the first time and that is usually in February or late January and maybe even early March. I breed them every few days until I see them lock up. For me, I want to see them lock up at least 4-5 times until I feel sure about them. After this I wait and I feed my female all that she wants and I listen to her only. I also feed my male so he can be back to normal. He uses a lot of energy while breeding because he is a very aggressive breeder. About ten days before she lays her eggs she will have a pre-lay shed. This is when you should take note and think about when you will make your egg box. Then after about 30-45 days the female lays her eggs. Make sure you provide a lay box and take out her water dish! Use a lay box so she feels secure and not as stressed out. And take out the water dish so that she won't have the chance to lay her eggs in the water and kill them!!! I am still debating whether I should use an incubator such as a hovabator/reptibator, make my own incubator,or just use a plastic bin with hatch rite in it at room temperatures.(If anyone knows this then will you please tell me, Is 71.6 degrees too cold for the eggs to hatch? That is the temp on top of my refrigerator). I would much appreciate your thoughts on all that!!! If you are incubating your eggs at the recommended temp then your eggs could hatch in about 58-62 days. The lower the temps,the longer it takes for the eggs to hatch. And please make sure that you have homes for all of the babies!!! You could have up to 30 little ones on your hands! Thats it! If you do something a different way then please tell me. I am open to new things and I would love to know your thoughts! Thanks
 

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When I started breeding corns, I brumated them. While I think brumation is helpful, it is not a necessity for corns. It is for other snake species. IMO, both brumation and photoperiod trigger breeding in corns, but photoperiod is enough all by itself.

As far as I know, 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit is too cold to incubate corn snake eggs. I found a paper about incubating pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus melanoleucus) eggs. Pine snakes and corn snakes have very similar ranges. For pine snakes, a constant 82-84 degrees F was optimum. That seems to be the same for corn snake eggs. My eggs were incubated in the attic, where the temperature had a daily swing from 90 degrees F (hottest part of the day) to mid 70s (coldest part of the night). Hatch rates were 80-100%. Had to build an incubator when we got a place with central air conditioning, though.

My way differs from your way, but both are successful. That just means that both are within the acceptable range.
 
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