The Great Egg Race

Apr 15, 2013
On the Web
by Robyn

On the Web - Though we anticipate the breeding season for weeks on end, I know I for one, don’t often stop to consider the breadth of the reward I receive from these females and how varied these clutches can be from one female to another. So, I thought this was a perfect time to reflect on eggs and the great race we engage in season after season.

A few days ago I was in the snake room checking for eggs with my daughter, who is 5 ½ years old, and I decided I would introduce her to the ultrasound and attempt to explain to her what follicles were. Now I must preface this with the fact that she is very adept at helping me with the snakes and she’s been a great help since she was about 2 years old. She loves collecting eggs, helping them pip, washing them off, weighing them and getting them set up in their new enclosures. This new venture with follicles, unlike having tangible eggs in front of her, was something much more abstract. For the first she was really seeing what was going on inside the female prior to her laying a clutch of eggs.

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