First report of the reproduction in captivity of the Chocoan Bushmaster, Lachesis acrochorda (Garcia 1896)

  • Published source details Duque A.M.H. & Corrales G. (2015) First report of the reproduction in captivity of the Chocoan Bushmaster, Lachesis acrochorda (Garcia 1896). Herpetology Notes, 8, 315-320.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Vipers

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  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Vipers

    A study in 2007–2013 in Medellín, Colombia (Duque & Corrales 2015) found that one pair of Chocoan bushmasters Lachesis acrochorda bred successfully in captivity. A female produced a clutch of 11 eggs, seven of which hatched successfully. Incubation periods ranged from 93–96 days. None of three eggs that were removed and incubated artificially fully developed. In 2007–2013, two female and two male snakes were held together in an enclosure (3.6 x 2.5 x 2.7 m) with a substrate of gravel, soil and rice husks, with a water source, larger rocks and plants. Temperatures were maintained at 19–28°C and humidity at 75–95%. In February 2013, just prior to the breeding event, humidity was increased to >85%. Three eggs were removed and incubated in a 1:1 mix of vermiculite and water at 24.6–25°C and 77–80% humidity. The remaining eight eggs were left in the enclosure for 74 days, at which point they were moved to an incubator, with temperatures of 24.5–27.7°C and 78–91% humidity.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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