Ultrasounds and Ball Python Breeding
An ultrasound is used to track follicle growth during the breeding season. The 2012-2013 breeding season was my first opportunity to integrate the machine into my pairing schemes and I have been kicking myself for not getting one sooner. Knowing exactly how far along a female is in follicle development is priceless. Males can be paired at just the right time to maximize their breeding efforts so that no energy and sperm is wasted, leading to more clutches being sired by each male.
Are Ultrasounds Worth It?
Ultrasounds are not cheap, but their value pays itself off once your breedings have been optimized. Consider these two scenarios:
These accidents do happen and could be avoided by performing regular ultrasound scans. By keeping track of a female's follicle size, you have a great idea of when to use fluffer males and when to use the real male you want to father the clutch. You also know which females to put the younger male.
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