Observations on the reproduction of the emerald tree boa, Corallus caninus

  • Published source details Groves J.D. (1978) Observations on the reproduction of the emerald tree boa, Corallus caninus. Herpetological Review, 9, 100-102.


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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 1973–1977 at the Philadelphia Zoological Garden, USA (Groves 1978) reported that emerald tree boas Corallus caninus bred in captivity in two of four years, though some offspring subsequently died. A female produced six live young and four undeveloped ova one year, and one live young, 10 dead young and three undeveloped ova three years later. Two of six snakes from the first brood died within three months of birth, and the one live snake from the second brood died after three months. An adult pair were received in 1973 and housed together with another female emerald tree boa and a pair of green tree pythons Morelia viridis in a fiberglass exhibit (137 x 109 x 239 cm). In 1976, a new captive-bred male emerald tree boa from Fort Worth Zoo was introduced to the female in an exhibit.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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