by Terrell Zeigler
This season has been quite an interesting one for us. We did get our repeat clutch from our Irian Jaya girl Sydney, so that was good. However, that was about as good as our season got for us. I had originally written this long and very good post about how the season went, but did not save it like a doofus so now you get the abridged version.
This year I was really excited to see a clutch from our Albino girl Cleopatra. Those eggs never came sadly. After months of waiting to see what would happen after the initial copulation, she never laid any eggs and looks to have gone back to normal. This was disappointing to me because I was looking forward to this pairing, but this is just part of the game and there is always next season to try again. I am not entirely sure if I will do a repeat of that exact pairing again, but for now I can take comfort in knowing that the next breeding season is just around the corner.
After the realization that I was probably not going to see eggs from the albino pairing sank in, I figured I would just move on and look forward to seeing the eggs hatch from the first female. This also did not pan out as a sudden heatwave wiped out the remaining good eggs in the incubator 7 days before they were due to start pipping. That was a low blow to say the least, but I only really feel bad now that the female went through that whole stressful process for it to be wiped out so close to the finish line.
To say that this season was a bust would be putting it mildly, but I do still have my spirits up and more determination than before. These kinds of things can and will happen from time to time and you just have to accept it for what it is, learn from it, and move on. I do not consider it a failure, but more of a minor setback in future plans. Next season will be here in a few short months and we have other animals coming up to size that we will be working with to get some babies hatching by this time next year