I was gonna post a few pics that I thought were really interesting, but I noticed they’d be in violation of guidelines. I’m letting two of my clutches maternally incubate, and I offered some food 6 days in. The chowhound of the two ate, and the other was curious but declined. Kinda what I expected…chowhound ate while gravid as well. It was really cool to see her carefully loosen her coils and avoid the eggs while trying to position herself to feed.
I’m gonna be experimenting with maternal vs incubator over the next few years while offering food at a reduced rate to see how things play out for both babies and mommas. Some stats:
Feeder: Small rat
Temps: 84 on substrate, moms + eggs ~91
Eggs: 5, all look healthy
Mom age: ~5
Mom pre-gravid weight: 2500g
Substrate: BioDude Terra Firma