Charles County, MD Eastern Kings

Separated and sexed these babies tonight.

Really happy with them: big, fat, and hardy.

Four males, seven females.

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Charles County, MD Eastern Kingsnakes – hatching on June 19, 2018

Only one still in the egg as of this morning.

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Two-headed Eastern Kingsnake

Wow.

Hatched here this morning… NOT twins after all…

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Twins

Never have I hatched twins before.
Currituck, County, NC Eastern Kings, female no. 2’s first clutch.

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Most of the Charles County, MD Eastern Kings have pipped.

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More Kings are hatching today

Charles County, MD Eastern Kings.

Pure locality from snakes collected on Port Tobacco Road.

And a second clutch of pure locality, F1 Kings from Currituck County, North Carolina. The parents were collected under a board at the end of a cul-de-sac that is now a bunch of houses.
This female was pretty small when I bred her. She has taken off since she laid this clutch and I believe is about to lay a second. Would not surprise me if it has more eggs.

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Currituck County, NC Eastern King 2018 clutch 1… all pipped

Well, that second bad one contains a viable baby.

9/10 have pipped after just a day.

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Currituck County, NC Eastern Kings, 2018 clutch 1 – first one out

Pretty little King with some broken banding. Nice to see how fat it is, filled with yolk and that only happens when you leave the eggs to hatch on their own and refrain from prematurely cutting them open.

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First pip of 2018

Pure locality Currituck County, North Carolina Eastern Kingsnakes.

Mother is F1 from wild caught, gravid female and the father snake was wild-caught.

This clutch was laid on 4/23. 10 eggs. Looks like 2 went south. Hopefully the other 8 make it out. 50 days from oviposition to first pip. Incubated at 84F (air temp in the egg box) and humidity was at or near 100% the entire time in the incubator.

The mother of the clutch is about to bust open with a second clutch now. In her pre-lay shed presently.

 

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La Quinta, CA Kingsnake, female no. 2, second 2018 clutch for this female

She laid a mostly bad clutch (3 are going to hatch in a couple weeks) on May 9. This is her second clutch, I saw her starting to lay at 1 AM this morning and this is what greeted me at  7:30 AM –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is the count. 9 total. 3 obvious slugs. Of the 6 remaining, 5 look (to me) like they are good. Those three slugs are in my trash can. I know other people try to incubate those. If you put those in your incubator… I have a message for you, “get a grip.”

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