09-23-2005, 02:28 PM
My first clutch of Eastern hognose eggs have hatched over the past three days, and since I've never had any before, I don't know if this is what they usually look like or not. The mother was a wild-caught melanistic adult from South Carolina, who died a week after I got her (four days after she laid a clutch of 14 eggs). So, basically, I know nothing about these babies' background except that their mother was solid black. I was hoping some of these babies would be solid black. Will any of them turn black, or are melanistics born black? Also, will these babies keep the reds and pinks that they have now? Some of them are already shedding, and they're even brighter colored than they were when they first hatched.