Cutting the eggs, should I do it?
To cut or not to cut? Why are
you in such a hurry? Nature
knows what it is doing and generally does a great job. Man or woman’s
intervention is not needed. Normally Ball Python eggs will hatch or pip between day 56
– 58. If you are not an experienced keeper
you should never attempt to cut the
eggs. Not only are there blood vessels that you must avoid but you might
unintentionally hurt the hatchling. The only time you should basically cut an
egg is if the baby is overdue such as day 61-62. We have had many hatchlings pip on day 60. The baby needs to remain in the
egg until they are completely developed. This is especially crucial to their
lung development. When the hatchling is ready to emerge, it will first break the egg
sack, then it will make a slit in the egg with its egg tooth. This is the same
when a healthy full term human baby’s water breaks. Unfortunately, I have seen
individuals cutting the eggs in the 40 – 44 day mark. When a C-section is
performed on a human, the surgeon normally waits until the due date unless the
baby is in danger and there is no other option. This is exactly why premature
human babies many times have health problems. We allow our clutches hatch or pip by themselves.
Again, the only time we interfere is when baby is overdue. The hatchling may remain in it's egg for several days to absorb
all the nutrients in the yolk.
I hope this food for
thought has helped some first time
breeders. After all you want what is best for your hatchling / babies, right? Thank you for your time.