so 3 yrs ago i took in a female normal ball python who was a burn rescue and was bred to a male pinstripe. she was around 3,000 grams at the time and the male was around 900 grams. they locked twice and she showed all the normal signs of being gravid. however after 2 months she started eating again and went back to her normal self. so i assumed she maybe wasn’t gravid after all. however, a year later she was showing signs again and laid eggs although she wasn’t bred again.
there was 3 obvious slugs and 3 eggs that looked off… they were the right size and white but they also had tiny spots on them. i candled them and they had veins. so i marked them, and quickly and safely transported them to a breeders house so he could check them out and incubate them. he candled them and agreed that there was veins but they were weak and the eggs did look a little odd.
so he incubated them but slowly one by one the 3 eggs started to discolor and mold. so they ended up not making it.
my question is why did she retain the sperm? why didnt the eggs make it? has this happened before?
ill attach pictures in the replies below, trying to find the picture of the eggs. i was in a rush so didnt get much…