Long story short, I have some pairings I want to work with besides the one where my two are already together (especially eyeing getting cinnamon pastel BlkELs hopefully and just all the combos I can get from that specific pairing, I have yet to work on that though) I want to start planning for upcoming breeding season as far away as it may be and make sure that my current pairing is looking good. Unfortunately I don’t have pics since quite a few of my snakes are terrified of phones meaning they’re not the best for pics and I don’t want to scare them, I mainly wanted to ensure that my female is ok because while my male is flighty and rather active that’s just how he usually acts and I’m not too worried, plus I have the shed of another male thrown in to try and encourage him a bit more.
My main question: what signs do your females give you before you see a clear lock or give evidence they’re ready to breed or have locked recently with a male? Plenty of info is given regarding after they’ve been bred but currently I’m more interested in the store of before and during. I can only assume from research I’ve done and pure assumption that females during the period of right before/during pairing they’ll want to eat a lot more and do cool seeking but I wanted to know if there’s anything else.
So far the behavior I’ve seen in my girl is acting a bit more defensive than usual and wanting to latch onto anything that moves like it’s food (this almost included my male but after a bit of sniffing she figured it out) this includes me but thankfully I haven’t had to dodge too many flying fangs. She also has been almost completely refusing to sit under her heating which I checked to be kept at about 89-91F since I’ve noticed previously she liked to have her temps ran a bit warm compared to my others, I’ve lowered temps but she still refuses unless the male is in the cage. I haven’t noticed that much bowl wrapping either but every time I go to see her once the male has been removed she’s sitting semi-wrapped or pushed up against the water dish. Any advice would help, thanks!