I wish to address your concern with the paper pellets substrate
(breeders choice) and problems that may arise during live bearing
I can't comment on the problems that are incurred by live bearing
snakes, though I can on lizards.
I recently saw the birth of some of my baby blotchies, and may I say
that the pellets 'DO' stick to the membrane. I was lucky enough to
witness this so I separated the little guys and the membrane as soon
as they were born. The primary reason behind this is because both the
babies and the mum when trying to eat the membrane were chewing on
the attached pellets. Nevertheless, I would dare say that
probably 'all' to most substrates would stick to the membrane. Maybe
some other breeders could share their experiences. In previous births
I was not present to witness any effects.
As for absorbing the moisture of the membrane and killing any newly
born, well I would doubt this. To my knowledge of live bearing
snakes, which is limited, the newly born snake attempts to break free
of the membrane as soon as it's born.
Personally I can't see the pellets absorbing the moisture at such a
rate to kill the reptile. However, if this was to occur, I would
think that the little guy would be the 'runt' and possibly domed to
What is the best substrate to use for live bearing snakes?
--- In australianherps@y..., incubate@i... wrote:
> G'day Mick,
> thanks for that.....I turned the thermostats down a couple of
degrees a week
> ago but you're right....the temperature of the spare room could
> getting hot during the day....although none of my other animals are
> signs of distress. I have just put a maxima/mimima thermometer in
> to see what happens in the next few days.
> regarding paper pellets;.....I forgot to mention before that I've
> that some live bearing herps have troubles on the recycled paper
> Apparently when the babies are born in the membranous sacs, the
> absorb all of the moisture through the membrane, thereby killing
> hatchling. I heard this in relation to Adders but I imagine the
> would exist with Red Bellies and others?????
> This would be easily dealt with by moving animals onto a different
> when you expect them to give birth.