Macklot (Freckled) Python Hatchlings 2001
(Liasis mackloti mackloti)

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10/30/00 - 01/09/01
Lucky Bakers Dozen
3220 grams
2286 grams
65 grams
Lucky Bakers Dozen (100%)
30-36 grams

Female protecting eggs the morning after laying Entire clutch resting in my hand
This is how I found the eggs on the morning of May 6, 2001. The female was not aggressive when removed from the eggs and did not resist or try to byte. The eggs were all a beautiful bright white and as you can see in the right picture, were all adhered together into one clump. Click on the images to see larger versions.

Eggs in a Hovobator incubator

This is the Hovabator incubator setup I used. The eggs were placed in a plastic shoebox half full of vermiculite. The vermiculite was mixed in a 1:1 ratio by weight and needed to be occasionally dampened during incubation. The wire in the picture is a temperature sensing probe which provided digital readouts to a remote display. The botom of the Hovabator incubator was filled with water to maintain high humidity. Click on the image to see a larger version.

The top most egg piped (slit open) on May 4 and the hatchlings head poked out for its first breath of air. I then manually cut slits into all the remaining eggs to ensure that all the snakes had a place to breathe. This is done to relieve internal egg pressure incase the eggs are too wet and therefore too full. Ideally the egg should provide a pocket of air inside when slit open. Many of the hatchlings slit additional openings into their eggs. I takes 24 - 48 hours before the snakes finish absorbing their yolks and become brave enough to leave the safety of the egg.

As can be seen in the pictures above the hatchlings were exhausted when first out of the egg. I was able to pick them up, rinse them in the sink, weigh them and place them into individual shoeboxes with out any difficulty. However, this species is known for its aggressive young. Once recovered from the stress of hatching these little blighters were full of piss and vinegar. I took many bites while feeding and cleaning these little beauties but despite their efforts the bites are painless. You have got to laugh at their bravery. Calm and consistent handling while young quickly tames the hatchlings down to become some of the best pet python species. Click on the images to see larger versions.