Reproduction in captive Louisiana pine snakes, Pituophis melanoleucus ruthveni

  • Published source details Reichling S.B. (1988) Reproduction in captive Louisiana pine snakes, Pituophis melanoleucus ruthveni. Herpetological Review, 19, 77-78.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Colubrids

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  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Colubrids

    A study in 1986–1987 in the USA (Reichling 1988) reported that Louisiana pine snakes Pituophis melanoleucus ruthveni produced a single hatchling in captivity over two years. In 1986, a female produced a clutch of two infertile eggs. In 1987, the same female produced a clutch of four eggs, one of which hatched successfully and three of which did not develop. In 1986, a female and two male snakes were acquired and housed separately in 114 litre aquaria with a substrate of wood shavings. Temperatures ranged from 23–32°C. In March–May, snakes were introduced to each other for mating. Eggs were moved to an 11 litre plastic box containing moist vermiculite and incubated at 25–31°C. The boxes had small holes drilled in the sides and were opened for a few seconds every week.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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