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 At what age should a Ball Python female be retired?

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mamasmarco
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PostSubject: At what age should a Ball Python female be retired?   Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:59 pm

This question popped up when i saw my 10 year old Ball Python female layed 7 slugs.. Now, she has never been bred before so i don't really know what to think about this...
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PostSubject: Re: At what age should a Ball Python female be retired?   Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:07 pm

I would guess your slugs have nothing to do with age. In the wild they retire the day they die.
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PostSubject: Re: At what age should a Ball Python female be retired?   Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:59 pm

Agreed. I think slugs are from temperature issues. Bring down he tems and things should be better.
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PostSubject: Re: At what age should a Ball Python female be retired?   Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:05 am

My temps are on 90 fahrenheit during the day and 85 at night thime in every single tub of mine. I was told and actually read that those temperatures are the way to go.. well, i have one more clutch on the way from a proven female.. will see what comes out of her.
The 10 year old was not that big and i actually didn't even think she was gravid..
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PostSubject: Re: At what age should a Ball Python female be retired?   Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:31 am

Hope all goes well for you and your older girl Smile

Zeus has a point, I had never really thought about it that way lol I guess, at some point, the risk outweighs the benefit of the pairing, and it derives into how much you value the female over any potential health risk versus how interesting and/or profitable the outcome might be.
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PostSubject: Re: At what age should a Ball Python female be retired?   Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:25 am

I had a female slug out last year and a couple of others that produced some slugs. After a lot of research, I dropped my temps a few degrees (90 to 88). So far this year we have more eggs than last and not a single slug.
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PostSubject: Re: At what age should a Ball Python female be retired?   Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:34 pm

I'll set everything a degree lower and see what happens..
I did try a lot of different beddings out as well and hope I found the right one now. Some of the ones I tried were to dry and some were to moist. This sphagnum moss from reptile basics seems to be liked the most from my snakes. If I don't keep it too moist the snakes seem to really enjoy this bedding. I kind of believe that the changes I put them through with me moving had influence in this as well..
Thank you guys though, the temperature was something I was not aware of..!
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PostSubject: Re: At what age should a Ball Python female be retired?   Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:48 pm

I agree with Marco on the sphagnum. It looks so great I could curl up and take a nap in it Smile. L
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PostSubject: Re: At what age should a Ball Python female be retired?   Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:12 am

I always wondered this too. My husband wanted me to breed Xavier but I never knew how old is too old, needless to say I never tried.
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