The Legacy Begins
Terra took me by surprise today when I checked her enclosure, she had gifted me with a single egg. I had not expected her to start laying so soon (she has only been an adult since July 31st 2012, so around 24 days), I found this particularly poignant as I lost Creeper some time last night. "When one life ends, another begins" - a statement that couldn't be more true to me.
I do not know if this egg was produced asexually or via Terra mating with her new roommate (who moved in two days ago), I will have to do some research as I do not believe E. tiaratum start laying eggs so soon after mating. If this egg is parthenogenetically produced I will still hatch it but any eggs laid by the offspring will likely be humanely destroyed. Parthenogenesis is believed to weaken the gene pool of a species and as E. tiaratum is already rather weak genetically speaking I feel it best for the species to keep any and all babies produced through this fascinating process or to disallow them to reproduce further.
I would really like to start adding content to the website but right now I don't honestly feel well enough to. It's been a busy and exhausting few days so this blog will likely continue for a while before the main website itself starts receiving content. Hopefully there will be many more eggs in the future, I look forward to seeing what happens now.