Captive husbandry and reproduction of the Madagascan tree boa Sanzinia madagascariensis (Duméril & Bibron, 1844)

  • Published source details Radovanovic A. (2011) Captive husbandry and reproduction of the Madagascan tree boa Sanzinia madagascariensis (Duméril & Bibron, 1844). The Herpetological Bulletin, 118, 30-33.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Boas and pythons

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  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Boas and pythons

    A study in 2008–2010 in a captive setting in Birmingham, UK (Radovanovic 2011) reported that Madagascar tree boas Sanzinia madagascariensis bred successfully in captivity. Two females bred in captivity, with one giving birth to three live young and six infertile eggs, and the second giving birth to five live young, three still-born young and one infertile egg. All eight young snakes survived for at least 6–8 months. In 2008, three tree boas were acquired (two females, one male) and housed individually in enclosures (120 x 60 x 60 cm) with ambient temperatures of 20–28°C and 40–60% humidity. The male was introduced to one female in late 2008–2009, and to the second female in late 2009–2010. All newborn snakes were removed and housed in smaller individual tanks with bark chippings and sphagnum moss Sphagnum sp.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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