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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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I recently revisited one of my posts in the Kingsnake.com forum archives regarding my "Aru" Green Tree Python breeding stock. Here's a post from Trooper Walsh, pioneer Green Tree Python keeper and breeder, along with my reply:

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Posted by Web on November 04, 1999 at 13:07:38

WEB...I am sincere when I say I hope you get some great "Aru Chondro babies" from Duncan, are able to raise 100% to maturity and enjoy the best of success in breeding them. However, if you encounter difficulties with your critters I have a feeling we may be hearing from you on the forum about it, and be assured that folks like Greg, Tomm, Cindy and myself will do what we can to help out even though your animals were purchased elsewhere. Perhaps Duncan will be available to you for help, perhaps not. At least with e-mail you will have a quick and cheap way to communicate at/with Duncan. I have not yet seen Duncan's facilities nor do I have any experience dealing with him. I, and every one else viewing this worldwide forum, will be interested to learn how your business with Duncan turns out and how pleased you are with your 10 CB baby Arus. Of course even if Duncan were completely unligit (and I do not mean to insinuate this) he would be the biggest fool in the world to send you anything but the best of the best available to him, knowing you will be viewed as a test case for his potential market. So at least you have that going in your favor to start with. If/when you receive shipment please do let the rest of us know how things turn out and if you can I am sure we would all love to see pictures posted, updates on survivability, etc.

Best regards...Trooper Walsh



Hi Trooper,

Thanks so much for your encouraging support!! I will be sure to take lots of pictures and post again to the GTP Forum. If I do get healthy, vigorous babies, and am able to raise and breed them, then I too may be able to contribute to the pool of knowledge about, and the genetic diversity of, the captive propagation of the GTP. If not...well, u pays u money and u takes u chances!

Best regards,
Web Wheeler



Here's a link to the above post in the Kingsnake.com forum archive:

http://forum.kingsnake.com/gtpython/messages/1794.html


As a footnote to the above posts, I was able to raise seven of the ten "Aru" Green Tree Python babies I ordered from Duncan MacRae, in Indonesia, to adults.

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"Aru" Green Tree Python Imported from Indonesia


All ten of the "Aru" Green Tree Pythons I ordered arrived healthy and in good condition, but due to my inexperience, at that time, with Green Tree Pythons, I quickly lost 3 babies to respiratory infection and blister disease caused by excessive humidity. After correcting the excessive humidity issue, by increasing the amount of ventilation in my enclosures, I had no further problems raising my "Aru" Green Tree Python babies to adults.

Over the years I sold four of my original "Aru" Green Tree Pythons, but, to this day, I still have three of my original breeding stock left -- two males and one female. I'm now producing both F1 and F2 pure "Aru" Green Tree Python offspring. I am expecting one F1 and one F2 clutch by the end of this month (March, 2011).
posted on Wednesday March 23, 2011 at 11:42am by Web@aqua-terra-vita
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I've added two new blog categories: "Animal Adventures in Wonderland" and "Looking Through the Glass". These two new blog categories will give me the opportunity to share stories with you about the amazing world of exotic aquarium and terrarium animals plus my critical examination of exotic animal ownership, respectively.
posted on Thursday December 30, 2010 at 12:35pm by Web@aqua-terra-vita
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Aqua-Terra-Vita is pleased to introduce its own line of all natural Coconut Huts!

Animals are more healthy and stress free when they feel secure. Providing your animals with a safe, all natural Coconut Hut from Aqua-Terra-Vita is a great way to add security to any aquarium or terrarium environment.

Whether your animals use a Coconut Hut as a permanent shelter, a sleeping compartment, a temporary refuge or a breeding site, you can be sure your animals are getting the security they need in a safe, natural setting with a Coconut Hut from Aqua-Terra-Vita.

Please see the Aqua-Terra-Vita "Products" page for photos.
posted on Tuesday December 7, 2010 at 09:42am 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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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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I've updated my "Film, TV & Print" web page to include some of my work as a supplier of exotic animals and wrangling services to film, tv and print.

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"Scream" Music Video

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"Fear Itself" Short Film

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"With Or Without You" Degrassi TV Series

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"Lost In Love (1)" Degrassi TV Series


posted on Thursday October 21, 2010 at 10:36pm by Web@aqua-terra-vita
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Aqua-Terra-Vita is pleased to introduce a revolutionary, patent pending product to the terrarium hobby called TerragieneTM dry substrate conditioner.

TerragieneTM dry substrate conditioner is a substrate additive that fights harmful microorganisms and helps eliminate foul odors in dry terrarium substrates. TerragieneTM dry substrate conditioner can be mixed with dry terrarium substrates like coco fiber, peat, sand and wood chips/shavings, which are commonly used with animals such as Bearded Dragons, Leopard Geckos, Monitors and Uromastyx.

TerragieneTM dry substrate conditioner contains all natural, edible ingredients, which are harmless if ingested by your terrarium animals. TerragieneTM dry substrate conditioner comes in a variety of fragrances like "Spicy Cinnamon", "Spicy Clove" and "Herbal Bouquet".
posted on Sunday August 29, 2010 at 11:19am by Web@aqua-terra-vita
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I just updated and uploaded an article I wrote for the North American Discus Society (N.A.D.S.) publication, "Our Discus". The article, titled "Understanding the Modern Bio-Filter", is located here:

http://aqua-terra-vita.com/Articles/UnderstandingTheModernBioFilter.html

Even though I originally wrote this article 20 years ago it is still very relevant today.
posted on Thursday April 29, 2010 at 03:55am by Web@aqua-terra-vita
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Aqua-Terra-Vita is pleased to introduce a new web-based application, called ATVIIR: ContactTM.

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posted on Wednesday April 28, 2010 at 12:39am by Web@aqua-terra-vita
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If you've visited this website before, you will notice that it's been completely renovated... I hope you like the new look and feel of Aqua-Terra-Vita.com!

If you encounter any difficulties or have any suggestions for ways I can improve my website, I would love to hear what you have to say!
posted on Monday April 5, 2010 at 10:21am by Web@aqua-terra-vita
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Aqua-Terra-Vita is pleased to introduce a new web-based application, called ATVIIR: BloggerTM, which powers this blog.

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