Reproduction in two species of captive brown snakes, genus Pseudonaja

  • Published source details Banks C. (1983) Reproduction in two species of captive brown snakes, genus Pseudonaja. Herpetological Review, 14, 77-79.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Elapids

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

    A study in 1971–1979 at The Royal Melbourne Zoo, Australia (Banks 1983) reported that western brown snakes Pseudonaja nuchalis and eastern brown snakes Pseudonaja textillis bred successfully in captivity. One western brown female produced 37 eggs over three years, 15 of which hatched successfully. Eight hatchlings were lacking one or both eyes, and two that were retained survived at least 2–3 years. Three eastern brown females produced 69 eggs over five years, 18 of which hatched successfully. Incubation duration for western browns was 52 days at 30°C and 59–64 days at 28°C, and for eastern browns it was 40–42 days at 30–31°C and 49–52 days at 28°C. Newly laid eggs were collected and placed in vermiculite-filled containers for incubation.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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