Study

Observations on the reproduction of the common anaconda, Eunectes murinus, at the New York Zoological Park

  • Published source details Holstrom W.F. (1980) Observations on the reproduction of the common anaconda, Eunectes murinus, at the New York Zoological Park. Herpetological Review, 11, 32-33.

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Action Category

Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Boas and pythons

Action Link
Reptile Conservation
  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Boas and pythons

    A study in 1976–1978 at the New York Zoological Park, USA (Holstrom 1980) reported that common anacondas Eunectes murinus bred successfully in captivity. In 1978, two females produced 27 and at least 23 live young each, and a third female produced 28 live and two dead young. Two of the females also produced one undeveloped egg. In 1976–1978, three females and one male were housed together in an exhibit (2.5 x 1.9 x 1.5 m) with a substrate of smooth river gravel and a pool of water. Average air temperatures were 27°C, and a heating coil at one end of the cage provided a thermal gradient of 26–30°C.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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