My epxerience with my BHS

My epxerience with my BHS

Postby Freakazoid » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:17 am

Ok, so I would like to ask this, as it happend about 8 - 10 years ago.

I had BHS and she was always kept alone (was the only snake I had) and one day when I got home from school I noticed she laid eggs in her water bowl.

So I though the fact that she was alone these egss were infertile and disposed of them

Was this the right thing to do?

Sadly she passed away a few years later.

Now what I would like to know is,
is this normal?
Were the egss infertile or did I mess up?
Why did this happen as she was alone?


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Re: My epxerience with my BHS

Postby Bushviper » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:47 am

Parthenogenisis or "virgin births" have been recorded in snakes on numerous occasions. Recently some research showed that up to some of the babies born to wild caught mothers had no fathers. "somewhere between 2.5 and 5 percent of litters produced in these populations may be resulting from parthenogenesis".

http://www.livescience.com/23103-virgin ... nakes.html

In another case "Scientists investigated a female boa constrictor at the Boa Store in Sneedville, Tenn., an online store that sells captive-bred boa constrictors. The female had given birth to litters of young this year and last. These offspring were all female and, unusually, were all caramel in color like their mother. This rare trait is recessive in nature, meaning it gets expressed only if offspring receive the DNA for it from both their parents, and none of the males that the female had been exposed to were known to carry the trait."

http://www.livescience.com/10225-daddy- ... birth.html

In light of this you may have thrown out perfectly viable eggs!
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Re: My epxerience with my BHS

Postby Freakazoid » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:02 pm

Damn, so basically I had something very rare happen and messed it up :smt021
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Re: My epxerience with my BHS

Postby Primogen » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:05 pm

Snakes can also store sperm so if it was wild caught it may have been from a previous mate.
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Re: My epxerience with my BHS

Postby dobby7 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:08 pm

Dont be too harsh on yourself. you said that the eggs were laid in the water bowl which means that they would have soaked up the water and died anyway. Thats the unfortanute thing about surprise clutches.
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Re: My epxerience with my BHS

Postby Freakazoid » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:13 pm

Primogen wrote:Snakes can also store sperm so if it was wild caught it may have been from a previous mate.


Yes, it was wild caught, but it was very young. I would say it was probably a hatchling still.
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Re: My epxerience with my BHS

Postby Bushviper » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:35 pm

Yeah if it was not sexually mature when you caught it then it was possibly parthenogenisis. The water would have drowned the babies unless the depth was very shallow.
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Re: My epxerience with my BHS

Postby Jamster » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:37 pm

My natal female that unfortunately died recently, dropped three infertile clutches while I had her before she had ever been introduced to a male. Its not rare at all. What is rare is if the eggs are fertile.

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