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    Eggs and no pre-lay shed?

    I have a hognose who is just a pet and has laid infertile eggs for two years now. Last year, it was entirely unexpected and I found the eggs while cleaning. She did shed within 1-2 months before that but Iím not sure when the eggs were laid. She had been exploring a ton but she also just got moved into a new cage so I didnít think anything of it. I am really bad at telling when a snake looks like they have eggs, Iíve seen some people post about how wide their snake looks and I really couldnít tell even with it pointed out to me. Iím guessing itís even less obvious with infertile eggs.

    This year, I was more aware and checked on her frequently. I actually just did a photoshoot with her less than a month ago and didnít see any difference in her size. Today when I opened her cage she launched out trying to bite me even though I just fed her a few days ago, and she is usually shy about eating. I cleaned her cage and there were the eggs again. This time I know she hasnít shed for a few months, so it was also pretty unexpected. Unless Iím completely confused about pre-lay sheds and they only happen when theyíre actually gravid?

    If so, how can I tell next year so I can make sure to give her an egg box? And any ways to get her to not do this? I really donít want her to get egg bound. I have RHPís now and her temps stay consistent year round. Should I change that? I have other male snakes but no other hogs.

    Also, I did try to feel her belly today and didnít feel any eggs still inside. The eggs in her cage are all dried up and solid, so should I be in the clear for egg binding?

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    Also, she is 5 years old. She used to ďbrumateĒ herself every year but never laid eggs. Weirdly the two years she didnít do that and kept eating are also when she laid the eggs.

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