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    What would you do if...

    you were going on vacation at the same time as a clutch of eggs is expected to hatch?

    I was wondering if anyone had advice on this. I don't want to come home to a bad situation. There are only 2 eggs in this clutch as it is and I REALLY REALLY REALLY don't want to loose them.

    I'm meeting with a pet sitter soon to go over the general care of our collection but I don't know how experienced she is with a situation like this. If there is a simple "hands off" solution I would love to hear it.

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    Leaving on a Friday coming home in 9 days
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    Re: What would you do if...

    well this is probly not gonna help, but i wouldnt leave until the snakes were out of the eggs & situated in their own bins/cages. thats just me. i wouldnt leave anything up to a sitter either at least until i knew that everyone was well situated.

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    Re: What would you do if...

    Under normal circumstances the babies will do fine on their own for those couple of days in the tub in the inc. should they decide to emerge.
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    Re: What would you do if...

    How long will you be gone after the expected hatch? They will be fine staying in the incubator for quite a while. I know of some people that leave them in the incubator until after their first shed. Maybe you could just put a water dish in the egg tub and leave them be until you get back.
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    Re: What would you do if...

    Quote Originally Posted by pfan151 View Post
    How long will you be gone after the expected hatch? They will be fine staying in the incubator for quite a while. I know of some people that leave them in the incubator until after their first shed. Maybe you could just put a water dish in the egg tub and leave them be until you get back.
    Yes - I agree - they will be fine in the incubator with a small dish of water in there with them. I'd even say you could go ahead and put the eggs on paper towel (so they don't get all the substrate on them when they get out of the egg).

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    Re: What would you do if...

    Good luck!
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    Re: What would you do if...

    Quote Originally Posted by mommanessy247 View Post
    well this is probly not gonna help, but i wouldnt leave until the snakes were out of the eggs & situated in their own bins/cages. thats just me. i wouldnt leave anything up to a sitter either at least until i knew that everyone was well situated.
    Tried to avid that but it just didn't pan out.

    Quote Originally Posted by snakesRkewl View Post
    Under normal circumstances the babies will do fine on their own for those couple of days in the tub in the inc. should they decide to emerge.
    Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by pfan151 View Post
    How long will you be gone after the expected hatch? They will be fine staying in the incubator for quite a while. I know of some people that leave them in the incubator until after their first shed. Maybe you could just put a water dish in the egg tub and leave them be until you get back.
    Only four days. Thanks. That sounds like the easiest thing to do. Then I can just have the sitter peak in on them and keep the water full and remove the empty shells if the come out.

    Quote Originally Posted by rabernet View Post
    Yes - I agree - they will be fine in the incubator with a small dish of water in there with them. I'd even say you could go ahead and put the eggs on paper towel (so they don't get all the substrate on them when they get out of the egg).
    Probably the best/easiest solution. Now, I'm thinking I may cut them before I leave (day 53 or 54) just so I know they won't have issues pipping but would they dry out too much?


    Quote Originally Posted by stratus_020202 View Post
    Good luck!
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    ~Jessica~

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    Re: What would you do if...

    I wanted to share how this went. Everything turned out fine. I cut this clutch on day 53 (to make sure they didn't have issues pipping). I added damp paper towels to cover the egg crate/light diffuser so they wouldn't get covered in vermiculite or dry out. Also, gave them a small water bowl and removed the plastic wrap used to seal the tub. When I got home they were out and well. I did have someone check on them to make sure they had water and to remove the egg shells once they were out so they didn't sit in there and rot.

    Thanks all for the good advice!
    ~Jessica~

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    Re: What would you do if...

    Pics?
    Check out what's available at


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    Re: What would you do if...

    Ha ha, I should have known better .

    Here's the link to the pics of the babies.

    http://www.ball-pythons.net/forums/s...d.php?t=125202
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