Incubation temps and sex ratio: is there a correlation?

Posted: April 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

This is going to be a controversial topic I’m sure, but that’s ok. Python eggs can be incubated anywhere from 82 to 90 degrees and be able to hatch and be just fine.

Anyway, this year I will have 3 separate incubators up and running. Not because I plan to produce 3 times as many pythons,  but to see what the temperature does in regards to sex ratios of the clutches. I’m leaning towards doing 84, 87, and 90 for the incubator settings. All other reptiles- lizards, crocs, and tortoises- are all able to have their genders determined by incubation temperature. I’m not sure anyone has ever actually done it before with pythons, so I plan to find out myself.    


Looking back at my data from 2013, 2014, and 2015 with my maternal incubation method, I did notice certain trays produced more males or females depending on where the tray was in the rack system. This will just take the idea and out it in a more controlled setting
temperature wise.


It sure would be great if I could produce all females this way or all males another way… I should be getting the first eggs of the year in less than a month now. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this?


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