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Finally, finally, finally "Aru" Green Tree Python Eggs

My breeding stock female "Aru" Green Tree Python shed on March 7, 2011, and my F1 female "Aru" Green Tree Python shed on March 10, 2011. This is when I start getting anxious, as a pre-egg laying shed usually indicates that eggs are between 14 and 21 days away. This has proven true every time my snakes have laid eggs in the past.

March 28th came and went without any eggs. So did March 31st. Another week went by and then another, and still no eggs.

Finally, finally, finally my F1 female laid her eggs this morning:

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"Aru" Green Tree Python Laying Eggs (2010-2011)

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"Aru" Green Tree Python Incubating Eggs (2010-2011)



The F1 female clutch looks very good, with only 2 slugs, and at least 25+ good looking eggs. I don't know exactly how many eggs there are this year because I'm doing a few things differently:

1. I'm not separating the egg clutch
2. I'm using the no-substrate incubation method
3. I'm disturbing the eggs in the incubator as little as possible
4. I'm continuously monitoring the incubator temperature using my ATV ETC here: http://aqua-terra-vita.net/etcPoller/

I don't know why it took so long this year for eggs to be laid -- perhaps it was a bit cooler in my reptile room than in previous years.

My breeding stock female "Aru" Green Tree Python still has not laid her eggs. Instead, she has abandoned her nest box and seems to be very restless. She has even rubbed her nose raw trying to get out of her enclosure, which she has never done before. One of my breeding stock male "Aru" Green Tree Pythons is also very restless and trying to get out of his enclosure as well. I suspect this female may not be gravid after all, but may, instead, be scenting / searching for a mate. Time will tell.

2011.04.13 UPDATE: After my F1 female "Aru" Green Tree Python laid her eggs, I removed the nest box from my breeding stock female's enclosure and replaced it with the one that my F1 female had just used. To my surprise, my breeding stock female decided to accept this nest box, entering and staying inside it. On April 13th, a little over 5 weeks after her pre-egg laying shed, my breeding stock female "Aru" Green Tree Python laid 6 good eggs and 3 bad eggs -- not bad for an eleven year old female who has produced clutches of 30+ eggs in the past. This will most likely be the last year I breed her.

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"Aru" Green Tree Python Incubating Eggs (2010-2011)


posted on Sunday April 10, 2011 at 02:45pm by Web@aqua-terra-vita
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Baby Vampires!

About six months ago, I purchased seven Vampire Crabs, Geosesarma sp., and I put them into a planted paludarium consisting of both a land and a water habitat, which I set up about six months prior to getting the Vampire Crabs.

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Adult Vampire Crab

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Adult Vampire Crab


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Display Terrarium

This paludarium has grown out considerably since I set it up about a year ago.
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Baby Vampire Crab (newborn)

Yesterday, I discovered I have a few baby Vampires! I wonder if this is the first time these rare crabs have been bred in Canada?
The adult and baby Vampire Crabs seem to stay mostly along the water's edge or in wet areas about the paludarium.
posted on Wednesday November 10, 2010 at 05:48pm by Web@aqua-terra-vita
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