Courtship and reproduction in captive Cretan vipers, Vipera lebetina schweizeri

  • Published source details Perry J.J. & Blody D.A. (1986) Courtship and reproduction in captive Cretan vipers, Vipera lebetina schweizeri. Herpetological Review, 17, 41-42.


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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 1978–1982 at Dallas Zoo, USA (Perry & Blody 1986) found that Cretan vipers Vipera lebetina schweizeri bred successfully in captivity. In 1980–1982, two years after a male and female were first housed together, the female produced 26 eggs, 21 of which hatched successfully. The incubation period ranged from 37–48 days. An adult pair of Cretan vipers were housed in a fibreglass enclosure (78 x 60 x 30 cm) with a sand and gravel substrate that was maintained at a temperature of 26–29°C. A container filled with moist sphagnum Sphagnum sp.  was provided for egg laying, and eggs were collected and incubated at 27–31°C.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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