Captive reproduction in an Australian elapid snake Pseudechis colletti

  • Published source details Charles N., Watts A. & Shine R. (1983) Captive reproduction in an Australian elapid snake Pseudechis colletti. Herpetological Review, 14, 16-18.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Elapids

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  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Elapids

    A study in 1973–1982 in Australia (Charles et al. 1983) reported that Collett's snakes Pseudechis colletti bred successfully in captivity. One female produced five clutches in seven years, and two other females produced one clutch each in one year (7–14 eggs/clutch). Five of seven (71%) and 13 of 14 (93%) eggs from the latter two clutches hatched successfully. No hatching data is reported for the five clutches produced by one female. Incubation periods ranged from 56–70 days. Three female and four male snakes were acquired during the 1970s and early 1980s and placed together in pairs at ambient temperatures. Eggs were incubated in damp vermiculite (50% water by weight) at temperatures of 27–30°C or 29.5–32°C.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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