Poking in here again to see if I can get a more definitive answer!
I’ve been leaving my two hognoses together for the past couple of months, and I assume they’ve been copulating. The female did have an increased appetite and I fed her either prekilled rat pups or f/t mice twice a week (she seems to take both just fine so I will switch it up occasionally)
I didn’t see any actual locks, but I did see a lot of this:
Anyways, my female seems to have gotten really plump and is now going into shed:
When I offered her midweek meal tonight, she just hissed and puffed at it. Normally she would have launched herself into the air with her mouth open trying to get at it. It’s kinda funny to watch, actually.
I gave her a few minutes to calm down just in case it was because I had startled her, and tried again only for her to continue hissing at the rat pup.
Could this mean she is going into a prelay shed? I’m leaning on the side of yes, but it’s always a relief for my poor mind if I hear from more experienced people
Oh! I also forgot to mention, she did seem to gain weight dramatically as well: