Reproduction in captive Uracoan rattlesnakes, Crotalus vegrandis

  • Published source details Carl G., Peterson K.H. & Hubbard R.M. (1982) Reproduction in captive Uracoan rattlesnakes, Crotalus vegrandis. Herpetological Review, 13, 42-43.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Vipers

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Reptile Conservation
  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Vipers

    A study in 1970–1980 at the Houston Zoological Gardens, USA (Carl et al. 1982) found that Uracoan rattlesnakes Crotalus vegrandis bred successfully in captivity. In 1976–1980, two females produced five litters of 2–8 young. In 1970, a gravid female was brought into captivity and produced a litter of three young. In 1970, two females and a male were brought into captivity. They were housed in either an exhibit (80 x 90 x 140 cm) with a substrate of gravel, rocks and plastic plants, or aquaria of various sizes with a paper substrate and hide boxes. Temperature was maintained at 28°C and humidity at 75%. Adult snakes were occasionally temporarily separated and then returned to the same enclosure.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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