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    Ball Python Egg Incubation?

    got a new incubator and the probes (that are in the vermiculite, in the egg box) aren't going over 85.2. they havent been in there long but i would figure long enough so it would heat up and change. the incubator itself is at 88-89.7. i am just worried that something is going to happen to the eggs. i know nature isn't (and doesn't have to be) exact.. but what is the window that is still safe for incubation temperatures.

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    ***EDIT*** they are SLOWLY starting to climb. now my question would be "if they are in an 85/86 temperature range for too long (say 24 hours) is that dangerous?" i would assume the answer to that would be "no" but i need to ask just to be safe!

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    Is your probe IN ur egg box? Or in the bator? If ur total temp in ur bator is 90 ur egg bin will slowly climb
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    Re: Ball Python Egg Incubation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simplex View Post
    Is your probe IN ur egg box? Or in the bator? If ur total temp in ur bator is 90 ur egg bin will slowly climb
    yeah its in the egg box in the vermiculite. everything is okay now. everything reads 89-90 i was just wondering if the eggs being in 85 degree vermiculite for a little while (about an hour or two) was dangerous? like i said, im sure the answer to that is "no its not dangerous" but i just needed to reassure myself. haha

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    Re: Ball Python Egg Incubation?

    Quote Originally Posted by adam_c View Post
    yeah its in the egg box in the vermiculite. everything is okay now. everything reads 89-90 i was just wondering if the eggs being in 85 degree vermiculite for a little while (about an hour or two) was dangerous? like i said, im sure the answer to that is "no its not dangerous" but i just needed to reassure myself. haha
    Trust me, eggs can deal with cooler temperatures better than they can over heating. I incubate my eggs at 86-87F so 85F stable is fine.

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    With my friend's clutch, I personally aimed for 87.

    I figure my $10 second thermostat with a probe will be 1-2 degree's off, and since 85-89 is safe, I might as well aim for 87 to be directly in the safe zone.

    Also, I might as well add that if you incubate at lower temperatures, chances are the eggs will just take longer to develop, although at some point, if you dip too low for too long, the eggs will simply die off.
    If you incubate at exactly 89 Degree's, they should be in incubation for 55-60 days, and you should have some nice healthy babies.

    If you go the other way and incubate too hot, the eggs will "cook"
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    Re: Ball Python Egg Incubation?

    For those who incubate at lower temperatures such as 86 - 87F, how many days usually until they hatch?

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    Two years ago i incubated at 87. I cut on day 56 and they crawled out on day 60.
    Last year i aimed right for 89. most of the babies came out of eggs by day 58.
    Will be sticking with 89 this year

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