Captive reproduction of the Mexican acaltetepon, Heloderma horridum

  • Published source details Gonzalez-Ruiz A., Godinez-Cano E. & Rojas-Gonzalez I. (1996) Captive reproduction of the Mexican acaltetepon, Heloderma horridum. Herpetological Review, 27, 192.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Lizards

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Reptile Conservation
  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Lizards

    A study in 1985–1995 in Mexico City, Mexico (Gonzalez-Ruiz et al. 1996) found that a pair of Mexican acaltetepons Heloderma horridum bred successfully in one of nine years in captivity. In 1994, a female produced a clutch of 11 eggs, nine of which hatched successfully. Four hatchlings died after two months and five survived for at least one year. Mating activity in three of the previous eight years produced two clutches of one and 15 eggs, none of which developed. An adult pair of lizards were acquired in 1985. Eggs were removed and incubated at 29°C and 95–100% humidity in plastic boxes that were opened daily.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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