Captive reproduction of the children's python, Liasis childreni


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Boas and pythons

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  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Boas and pythons

    A study in 1978–1979 in the USA (Chiras 1982) found that children’s pythons Liasis childreni bred successfully in captivity. In 1979, a female produced 10 eggs, six of which hatched successfully. Two eggs failed during development, and two were found to contain fully developed but dead young. Incubation periods were 49–52 days, and the six hatchlings survived at least nine months. A pair of adult snakes was acquired in 1978 and housed in separate 35 litre aquaria with a newspaper substrate and a large piece of bark. In late 1978 to early 1979, they were paired for mating multiple times. When gravid, the female was moved to a large fibreglass cage (91 x 45 x 30 cm) with a thermal gradient. Average temperatures were 28°C during the day and 24°C at night. Eggs were placed on potting soil and incubated at 31°C at 100% humidity.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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