A nice small omelette

I talked a lot about this week about how it was busy and all, but it was also pretty awesome.

Not only did I pretty much finish every important item on my to-do list for this week, the past few days were also filled with excitement of a kind I haven’t felt in years. Given the subject of the matter, and my new weekly writing schedule, I had to wait until Thursday to share this great excitement with the world on this space

About twelve years ago I gave up snake breeding – mostly driven by financial reasons – only to pick it up again last August. I expanded my new collection quite rapidly and I now finally have a first clutch of eggs from an adult pair of snakes I bought earlier this year. A second female is still full of eggs, and very interested in the egg-laying box I provided her with, but so far, no news on her clutch. The clutch I got yesterday was a good start!

Mama and her eggs
Twelve eggs. Only one looks a bit odd, but all seem at least fertile.

This clutch is cool. It’s a Lava het. Diffused Cinder female, mated with a male with the same genetic profile. This means that whatever comes out, all will be Lava type cornsnakes. Roughly a quarter should be Diffused Lavas, another quarter should be Cinder Lavas, and about 1/16th should be Diffused Cinder Lava. With twelve eggs, I’m going to have to pray to the gods for good genetic distribution in my favor.

In the early 2000s I was one of the first people to import snakes with the Lava gene to Europe from their first discoverer and breeder, Joe Pierce in the US. I never got to fulfill a project with them at the time, so I’ll be very happy if I can finally hatch some now. Anything that comes out will be awesome!

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

5 thoughts on “A nice small omelette

    1. These go for about two months, depending on temperature. They’ll be in the incubator :). The mother’s nesting is more common in pythons. Rat snakes usually hang around the clutch for a bit, but then are on the lookout for the next meal. 🙂

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  1. What a cool hobby! I’m not much of a snake person myself but my brother nearly adopted one he found in his backyard the other day 😂 I hope all of the eggs hatch into healthy and happy little snake babies!

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