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Snake Breeders Based in Leicestershire, England, UK
Our aim when incubating our eggs is to use a simple method which is easy to replicate, consistent, covers all the species we work with and most importantly allows us to leave the eggs alone for the entire duration of incubation. There are many other methods for incubating eggs, this is just ours and we hope you find something useful in assisting you with your breeding successes.
You will need a plastic container of the appropriate size with lid which you will need to make a small single air hole in each of the 4 corners. An airtight container is best but this is not imperative.
We use 2 parts vermiculite to 1 part water by volume and then cover this (either at the time of mixing the vermiculite or a few days later) with a single layer of dry perlite. The vermiculite maintains the humidity inside the container whilst the perlite stops the eggs from coming into direct contact with too much moisture.
Prepare your container at least a couple of days prior to egg laying. We would normally prepare the container as soon as the pre-lay shed has been completed.
The eggs are placed on top of the perlite and then partially covered with dry, shredded untreated non-woven fabric cloth (shown in the centre picture below) which collects any condensation dripping from the top of the tub and locks the moisture in and away from the eggs.
Many people use moss for this however we have found it very difficult to accurately judge how "damp" the moss is therefore we choose to use the shredded cloth and this ensures that the same humidity is maintained every time.
If necessary, you can leave the eggs for the full term without changing this covering and although it may become moldy and discoloured, it should not cause any ill effects to your eggs. We would normally change this covering no more than once during incubation and this would normally be no earlier than day 40.
An alternative to the shredded cloth is shredded kitchen roll which we used for many years and it works well, however the kitchen roll will need to be replaced throughout incubation as it does not lock the moisture away from the eggs as well as the cloth. We would recommend replacing it every couple of days for the first week and then once a week for the remainder of incubation.
Once the lid has been replaced firmly, this tub is then placed inside your incubator of choice.
Last updated June 2012FONT>