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    I was just surfing reptile sites and came across something about female iguanas producing eggs regardless if they've mated or not.

    I've never came across anything on here or in any care sheet about female bps and their eggs.

    Will a female only produce eggs if they mate? Or can they still produce and lay a clutch of infertile eggs?

    Sorry if this is a dumb question, I've just never read anything that answered that question...
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    They only lay eggs when they are fertile. But they can lay a few duds in a clutch.

    BTW, moving this to the breeding forum.

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    Re: Ball Python tattoo

    Alright cool, I had been curious about that.

    And another Noob question and I'm not gonna start another thread......someone please explain the whole 0.1 4.3 2.1 ball pythons thing.....i haven't quite figured out what all that means....
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    Randy

    "I think it might be helpful for everyone to remember that the purpose of a forum like this is to EXCHANGE IDEAS, not dictate what is right or wrong or good or bad. If you disagree with what someone else is suggesting, you can say so without being argumentative or completely slamming the guy (or girl)." - Smynx

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    It's rare but there may be a few cases of pythons producing eggs by them selves.

    There was an article last year about a female Burmese python in Europe that kept laying eggs without a male. They where surprised to find that some where fertile and genetic testing indicated they where clones of the mother. However, last I heard they hadn’t actually tried to hatch any.

    A vet who posts on kingsnake reports having a female ball produce fertile eggs after being in isolation for years. This was some time ago and they aren’t still available for testing to see if they are pathogenic or just retained sperm.

    I got an e-mail last year from someone who's son's pet ball python laid eggs after years of not being with another snake. They where having trouble finding someone to incubate them and I tried to help them find someone local but even the local zoo just assumed they would be infertile and didn't want to try. I checked back with the mom this year and she reports that they where infertile (still, I would like to know that they got a good chance at incubation in case they just died).

    I bought a ball from a guy who has a well documented (because of the morph types involved) case where a female bred different males in two consecutive years but produced babies from the first year’s male both years.

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    Wow, that's incredible. I have read that BP retain sperm too. A friend of mine had a green iguana, raised it up from a baby, alone, she laid infertle eggs. I also Had a female veiled cham that also laid a clutch of infertle eggs before I had a chance to breed her. I also have had crested gecko's that have retained sperm.

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