True Ball pythons
following will explain what true pipping is. Pipping is
not when the breeder cuts the egg themselves. Pipping is when the hatchling
makes a slit in the egg on its own and pops its head out, not fully emerging
from the egg and takes its first breath of air.
Ball Python eggs will usually hatch between days 56 – 58. Of
course you may experience the exception to the rule, having hatchlings pip even
earlier. Normally the baby will remain in the egg until it is completely
developed. This is especially crucial to their lung development. When the
hatchling is ready to emerge, first it will break the egg sack, then it makes a
slit in the egg with its egg tooth. The egg tooth is very tiny and really isn’t
a tooth at all. It’s a piece of pointed skin that is effective in slicing
though the egg shell.
When baby Pythons first pip their egg, they don’t immediately
come out. Some hatchlings may remain in their egg from a few hours to several
days to absorb all the nutrients in the yolk.
Often a baby will make multiple slits in the egg. Sometimes
they pip and then pull back into the egg if disturbed. This is all normal
behavior and does not indicate a hatching problem. The entire clutch is usually
out of their eggs one to two days after first pipping.
The baby snakes within a clutch will usually pip in a day of
each other. When we see a clutch starting to pip, the eggs are inspected and
then put back in the incubator until the following day. By the next day, the
entire clutch usually has pipped and one or two hatchlings may have emerged
from their eggs already.
We allow our clutches to hatch by themselves. The only time
we interfere is when the baby is overdue or we feel the hatchling is in danger.