Captive reproduction in the scarlet kingsnake, Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides (Holbrook)

  • Published source details Herman D.W. (1979) Captive reproduction in the scarlet kingsnake, Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides (Holbrook). Herpetological Review, 10, 115.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Colubrids

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

    A study in 1971 in the USA (Herman 1979) reported that scarlet kingsnakes Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides bred successfully in captivity. One female produced a clutch of four eggs, and all four hatched successfully after an incubation period of around 66 days. In 1971, a pair of adult snakes was acquired and housed in separate 38 litre aquaria with paper towel substrates and pine bark. Temperatures ranged from 21–28°C. The male was transferred to the female’s aquaria for mating purposes. Eggs were incubated at 25–31°C between layers of damp paper towels in a 1 litre plastic container, sealed with clear plastic wrap. All snakes were released around two months after hatching.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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