Captive reproduction of the mussurana, Clelia clelia (Daudin) from Costa Rica

  • Published source details Martinez S. & Cerdas L. (1986) Captive reproduction of the mussurana, Clelia clelia (Daudin) from Costa Rica. Herpetological Review, 17, 12.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Colubrids

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

    A study in 1982–1983 in San José Province, Costa Rica (Martinez & Cerdas 1986) reported that a pair of mussuranas Clelia clelia bred successfully in captivity. The female produced a clutch of 10 eggs, seven of which hatched successfully after 117–120 days of incubation. One egg did not develop, and two eggs contained fully developed but dead young with some physical deformities. In 1982, a pair of snakes were housed together in a wooden cage (122 x 62 x 60 cm). Temperature was 25°C and humidity was 60%. Eggs were incubated at 26–28°C in a fiberglass case (21 x 21 cm) on damp cotton. The case was kept inside a plastic bag and was opened daily for ventilation.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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