How Many Times A Year Do Pythons Lay Eggs?

A Burmese python with a clutch of eggs

Some snakes give live birth to their young, while others lay eggs and incubate them for a few weeks until they’re ready for a life of slithering around their enclosure looking all cute and awesome.

How many times a year do pythons lay eggs? It depends on the type of python, but on average, pythons lay eggs once per year and lay anywhere from 20-100 eggs. This depends on size and species.

Burmese pythons lay eggs once per “season,” or year, and can lay as many as a hundred eggs. Ball pythons lay about six eggs. Reticulated pythons can lay anywhere from 20-100 eggs. Below, I’ve included a more specific chart for several python types.

Type of PythonBall pythonBorneo pythonBurmese pythonAngolian pythonReticulated PythonAfrican Rock Python
Egg-laying SeasonYear-roundEvery other yearMarch-MayMarch-JulyMarch-JulyMarch-August
Amount of eggs on average612-3020-100660-8020-50

Excepting the Borneo python, these pythons lay eggs once per year. 

Which Python Lays the Most Eggs?

Pythons lay eggs once per season with the exception of the Borneo python, which only lays eggs every other year. Some pythons lay more than others. I wondered which one lays the most and I have summed it up for you here.

Which python lays the most eggs? Burmese pythons seem to lay the most eggs on average. They can lay anywhere from 20-100 eggs per clutch, depending on their size and health conditions and possibly their age.

The bigger the python, the more eggs they have the capacity to lay. This goes for any of the python species. Their health also plays an important role, as snakes that are not well-fed may lay as many eggs, but the eggs have a lower chance of making it to hatchlings. If the snake is sick or older, they will not lay as many eggs.

Taking into account the age a python lives to can help us understand about how many eggs the snake can lay in its lifetime. Remember that it takes a couple years for snakes to be ready to breed, and the older they get the less they will.

How Long Does a Python Live For?

Smaller snakes tend to have shorter life spans, but the big ones live a pretty good stretch of years.

How long does a python live for? It depends on the species. Here are some averages:

Type of SnakeBall PythonBorneo PythonBurmese pythonAngolian pythonReticulated pythonAfrican Black Rock python
Average Life Span in Years302020-2525+15-2030

Once again, a million factors could play into the age your python will reach. If your snake is fed a fully organic diet and gets enough sleep at night on a memory foam mattress, practices yoga, exercises daily, uses essential oils, and watches Oprah, she’ll probably live forever.

Really, though. Diet and lots of other things go into the length of your pet snake’s life. When it comes down to it, twenty years is the average, and you get to have your cozy Slytherin companion with you for that long. Enjoy it.

How Does a Python Incubate Her Own Eggs?

Mothers are protective, even scaly, long and scary ones. When a snake lays her eggs, she’ll do everything she can to make sure they make it.

So how does a mother python incubate her eggs? A mother python will wrap around her eggs and cause little twitching vibrations within her body, which produces heat and warms her eggs.

Some pythons take longer to hatch than others, but in general you can expect your maternal little snake pet to be wrapped around her eggs for 50-70 days. Artificial incubation shouldn’t be to far off time-wise from these days.

If you are planning on having cute little snaky hatchlings to watch over, and you’re wondering if it’s safer to incubate them yourself, feel free to read on.

Is it Safe to Artificially Incubate Python Eggs?

So your little mother python finally laid her eggs. First things first, you better decide if you’re gonna incubate these little snake cuties yourself, or if you’re gonna let the mother hug them for a few months instead. But which is safer?

Is it safe to “artificially” incubate python eggs? Yes, it is. It is done successfully all the time. 

In the same breath, I can say that it’s just as safe or safer to let the eggs be maternally incubated. Pythons have been laying eggs for… well, longer than you and I have been alive for. I’m pretty sure they’ll be able to hatch their own babies just fine.

Some people decide to incubate the eggs themselves, while others prefer for it to go through naturally and just let the mother snakes handle everything. Either way is completely fine.

If you are considering incubating the baby snake eggs, here are some quick tips:

  • Have the incubator ready before the eggs are laid. I’m not talking chicken egg incubators (that’s not really a viable option for a completely different species). You can buy the snake incubator or build one yourself, but whatever you do, don’t treat your snakes like little chickens. 
  • Have a thermostat ready. Some incubators have these already, but you could be extra-safe and make sure the temperatures are perfect on a regular basis. The temperatures you’ll be shooting for are 88-90 degrees Fahrenheit. You want those little snakes nice and toasty.
  • Make sure you have a way to check humidity. These little buggers need around 90% humidity during incubation. 
  • They might be kinda sticky, so be prepared. When you do move the eggs to the incubator, be prepared for them to be sticking together. You don’t want to move around the egg’s position. Make sure it is laying in the same way and degree it was laid by its mommy, or it might get shaken up. 
  • Be prepared for adorable little pythons. These guys pop out of their eggs in 4-5 weeks, so unless you’re letting the mommy python take care of them, be prepared to be at these little eggs’ beck and call until your little snake friends say hello to their new world.

Just remember that babies of virtually every species are super dang adorable, and snakes are no exception. They’ll look like pink little versions of your own snake. Cute, right?

Related Questions

How big are python eggs? On average, the eggs will be about 3 inches long. This varies quite a bit depending on the number of eggs laid and the size of the mother python. The more eggs, the smaller they will be.

How big are python hatchlings? On average they are 10 inches long when they hatch. Even for shorter types of pythons, such as Borneo or “blood” pythons, which only grow to about four feet, they are 10-15 inches at birth.

Can python eggs mold? Yes. Snake eggs, including python eggs, will mold if they get wet or are in an environment that is too humid. Monitor humidity well and make sure none of the eggs get wet. For another way to ensure non-moldy eggs, you can try separating the eggs carefully into smaller groups. That way, if one begins molding, it won’t affect many others.

Why do python eggs collapse? If it looks like your eggs might be deflating, collapsing, or even getting bulgy, it’s due to humidity levels. For example, if you opted not to separate eggs, ones on top of the pile may start to collapse because they are not humid enough. Eggs that are on the bottom might soak up more moisture and look bulgy.

What can be done when python eggs are “collapsing”? If your top eggs look a little collapsed, one trick is to dampen toilet paper and wrap it around those eggs. This will help raise the humidity levels. The further along the eggs are, the more you won’t want to shake the babies up. Be careful. 

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