Reproduction of the gray-banded kingsnake, Lampropeltis mexicana alterna

  • Published source details Assetto Jr R. (1978) Reproduction of the gray-banded kingsnake, Lampropeltis mexicana alterna. Herpetological Review, 9, 57.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Colubrids

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  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Colubrids

    A study in 1974–1976 in a captive setting [location unknown] (Assetto 1978) reported that gray-banded kingsnakes Lampropeltis Mexicana alterna bred successfully in captivity. In 1976, a female produced a clutch of eight eggs, seven of which hatched successfully after an incubation period of around 70 days. The 8th egg was infertile. In 1974–1975, an adult pair of snakes was acquired. They were housed separately in 10 gallon tanks with a newspaper substrate, and temperatures were maintained at 24–28°C. In 1976, the female was introduced to the male on three consecutive days and was then moved to a 5.5 gallon aquarium half filled with damp potting soil. Eggs were removed and placed in a plastic box with vermiculite and water, and incubated at 28–32°C.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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