Notes on the captive maintenance and reproduction of Oate's twig snake (Thelotornis capensis oatesii)

  • Published source details Foley S.C. (1998) Notes on the captive maintenance and reproduction of Oate's twig snake (Thelotornis capensis oatesii). Herpetological Review, 29, 160-161.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Colubrids

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  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Colubrids

    A study in 1993–1996 at the Riverbanks Zoo, South Carolina, USA (Foley 1998) reported that Oates’ twig snakes Thelotornis capensis oatesii bred successfully in captivity. A single female produced two clutches/year of 3–11 fertile eggs/clutch, and at least 20 eggs hatched successfully. Incubation periods ranged from 59–61 days (at 28.9°C) to 72–76 days (at 26.7°C). All hatchlings survived for at least three months. Authors also reported that in 1997, two captive bred females produced seven and five fertile eggs each at St. Louis Zoo, Missouri. In 1993–1994, one wild female and three wild males were acquired and subsequently paired up in a 122 x 107 x 81 cm tank, with basking spots between 29–35°C. Following mating, the female was moved to a smaller tank (61 x 41 x 31 cm). Eggs were incubated in vermiculite (2:1 ratio with water) in a 0.5 litre covered glass jar, and incubation temperatures ranged from 26.7–28.9°C.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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