After a slight delay the 2020 season is underway,everyone is awake and feeding and on the second round of pairing,several new pairings for me this year and my first year working with the arctic gene,thanks for looking and have a great season!
The first clutch of the season is now sat in the incubator, the pairing snow conda x Albino anaconda het Axanthic.Hopefully I should have,albinos,snows,albino anacondas, snow anacondas, albino supers and snow supers.
The first few clutches of 2017 are all established and several are now ready for new homes,I will be adding them to the available page over the next few days.More clutches are due to hatch over the coming weeks and still some eggs to be laid.
A belated Happy New Year,and already a new season awaits!
I have managed to get the available page upto date with plenty of hogs for sale.i will be having a good sort out as soon as the sub adults/adults come out of brumation,so please keep checking back to see whats available.
I have started working on my 2017 breeding plans and when finished I will list the pairing on here along with possible offspring.
hognose for sale page is now upto date will all that’s available.
Lots of gravid females atm but they seem to be keeping me waiting this season,hopefully the next post will be all about eggs,thanks for looking.James
Sorry for the delay in updates.
The available page is now upto date and I will be adding more very soon.The first clutch of 2015 is now in the incubator and it wont be long before I have a few more in there to keep it company.
I have decided to give a lot of my females a year off from breeding and will only be pairing select few for certain combos and morphs.
I will have a full list of possible outcomes added to the site later this evening.
Well, you may have noticed a few changes ready for the new season, the most obvious being the new web address and email :).There will be a new facebook link appearing very soon to the new facebook page and I’m also on instagram cragtophognose.
Available page is now upto date,will be adding more in the next day or so.
Only one month of feeding left til brumation starts and then to decide what to pair up for next season! nothing set in stone as yet but i will be making a list of 2014 possible pairings and will add to it as i go so stay tuned!
Well the first hogs of 2013 are now ready for new homes and a few from 2012,the for sale page is now upto date.
The hatchling racks are filling up nicely,the lastest clutch to hatch, some stunning Evans Hypos.Lots of hatchlings are feeding well, so i will be adding more to the page very soon,and still plenty of eggs to hatch including Albino Anaconda het Snows.
Sorry for the delay in updates, the first of this years normals are almost ready for new homes, also het hypos, conda het hypos and red phase normals will be soon.The first Albinos of the season should hatch this week.
Well the first of this years hatchlings has pipped..after years of breeding I still love the moment when a little nose pops out!, I also have 6 girls in prelay shed and several in their lay boxes.busy, busy!
Well the breeding season is in full swing and the incubator is filling up nicely.several females in prelay so more eggs due very soon.
Incubating VolumePills so far
Pos het Albino
Anaconda het Hypo
First clutch due to hatch on the 10th of May.
18/02/13 Busy Busy Busy!,all the adult hogs have been paired and several locks seen so far,still early days.i will be adding a list of possible offspring for this year to the available page very soon.
16/01/13 Happy New Year! All the adult hogs came out of burmation today so the 2013 season has finally arrived!Looking forward to spending some time with them.plenty of 2012 hatchlings on the available page.regards James
24/12/12 A very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2013.Also a very big thankyou to all who have bought a hog or contacted us throughout the year.We still have some snakes for sale and we will be back next season bigger and better! regards James Vann
Available page now upto date, new gallery pics coming soon. I plan to update the info pages on the site while my adults burmate, if there is any particular info you would like to see please feel free to email.
Had a great day yesterday, photo shoot of this years holdbacks and new additions and some of my adult breeders, so i will be adding new pictures all over the site soon. Some more hogs ready for new homes, so will update the available page in the next few days!
Just one lonely clutch left in the incubator for this season! conda x conda. will be updating the for sale page soon which will include cb12 anacondas and supercondas that are almost ready for new homes.
Just to let you know my internet is going to be limited for the next few weeks, I will attempt to reply to emails as fast as possible, but please be patient. If you need to get hold of me feel free to text the mobile number on this site.
Apologies for the lack of posts! The available page has been updated and more to come very soon. I am expecting supercondas/anacondas to hatch out any day and another clutch to hatch in around ten days. PLEASE NOTE: All 2012 normals/greens/het albinos and female albinos are sold/reserved.
more hatchlings over the last fortnight, I hatched out my first ever supercondas from a small clutch of 5 eggs, 2 supercondas and 3 anacondas! My extreme red pos het evans amel/hypos also hatched and look fantastic. Lots more hatchlings have had multiple feeds so the available page will be updated regularly. Please take a look.
A very busy last couple of weeks, but almost back to normal, lots of hatchlings feeding, eggs hatching and more being laid! My het Lavender x Anaconda eggs hatched with a total of 5 anacondas and 6 normals all 50% het Lavender. I’m expecting several clutches this week from superconda, Anaconda and extreme Red Albino.
Hatchlings are kept in smaller boxes 6x4inch with paper towels layered as substrate. I keep hatchling tubs very basic with a small hide and waterbowl,the main aim is to provide an environment in which the snake feels safe to feed.
As the hatchling grow I scale up the tub size and water bowl to suit, using 5ltr, 9ltr, and 18ltr, the substrate is replaced by aspen allowing the hogs to burrow.
I find 18ltr ideal for adult males and sub adult females.
Large adult females are moved to a 22×15 tubs to allow a good sized laying box during breeding season.
Snakes are spot cleaned daily and fully cleaned every two weeks
When not burmating my snake room has an ambient temperature of 75-80f with a natural drop of a few degrees at night, I then use thermostated heat mats to provide a hot spot of 90-92f below 1/3 of the tub, these temperatures seem to suit the hognose fast metabolism.
Good airflow is a must, this is achieved by melting or drilling holes into the lids, fronts and sides of the tubs. This allows air to flow through the tubs and reduces humidity.
(if you drill holes please make sure no sharp edges remain as this can damage the snake)
1st October select snakes for following breeding season (females 250g+, males 65g+)
1st October-1st November feeding every 3-4days
1st November stop feeding to allow snakes to clear digestive system
15th November clean and disinfect snake tubs
16th November drop room temperature to 60f
23rd November drop temp to 55f
16th January lift room temp to 75-80f and hotspot to 90-92f
23rd January resume feeding
Above is a guide to my burmation method, I have found a quick drop in temp seems to work well as when I gradually dropped them the snakes seemed prone to respiratory infections.
When burmating I check the snakes every few days and provide fresh water and clean out when needed.
After a week at normal temps a small meal is offered, females usually feed straight away, males can be fussy but tend to come around after the first pairing with the female.
Again I feed every 3-4 days.
When the females go into their Buy first shed cycle post burmation I introduce them to the males, usually the female reacts instantly to the male by almost vibrating and throwing her tail around. I leave her with the male for 3 days then separate for 3 days to feed and rest and then repeat the process until he loses interest or the female shows signs of being gravid.(swelling in the lower 1/3 of her body).when she goes into shed(prelay) I add a nest box into her tub, this is filled with damp moss with a hole cut into the top. At this point I try not to disturb her, only going in to replace water and spot clean. After shedding she will usually lay between 5-10 days, clutch sizes do vary anywhere from 8-24 eggs. after laying I remove the eggs and begin feeding as normal.
Hognose can and often double clutch without the reintroduction of a male, so when the female goes into her next shed I repeat the nest box process.
After removing the eggs I place them into a tub with 1-2inch of vermiculite I slightly dampen the vermiculite and also place a small pot of water with holes in the lid into the incubation box, as this evaporates it raises the humidity level. The box is then placed in the incubator.
I currently use a large glass fronted drinks fridge with a thermostated heat cable to provide a steady temp of 81-82f.The eggs are checked every few days as this also allows air exchange in the incubater.the eggs normally hatch at around 55 days. The hatchlings often poke their heads out of the egg and can sometimes seem reluctant to leave,please be patient and do not try to remove them as they can still be attached to the yolk.
When fully emerged I place the hatchling in tubs and leave them to settle.
After a week I try to feed by placing a pinkie mouse in the tub.
Most hatchling feed straight away, but sometimes you do get a reluctant feeder.
Any that refuse food I leave for a few days and then try a fresh killed pinkie, this normally does the trick, but if not I will leave again and then try a brained pinkie. If this is refused I will leave again for a full week and then repeat, if the hatchling still refuses I will try scenting.
I always make sure that non feeders are drinking through out the process
The most effective scent I use is trout but others include
Boiled egg white
The above care sheet is just a guide, as there are many ways to keep and breed hognose snakes, these are just my personal preferences. I have also found that hogs can and will ignore the rules, for the first time this year I had a female lay while in prelay shed outside of the nest box! and another female lay fertile eggs even though she has not been paired up for over two years.
Please remember that as the animals owner you are responsible for providing the best care possible for your snake, if a health problem arises please seek advise from an experienced vet.