Husbandry and captive reproduction in Vipera nikolskii (Viperidae)

  • Published source details Jandzik D. (2007) Husbandry and captive reproduction in Vipera nikolskii (Viperidae). Herpetological Review, 38, 171-172.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Vipers

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

    A study in 1999–2003 [location unknown] (Jandzik 2007) found that Nikolsky's adders Vipera nikolskii reproduced successfully in captivity in one of two years. In 2002, one female produced five infertile egg masses. In 2003, one female produced seven live young, and a second female produced three live young and four infertile egg masses. Two of the young snakes had physical deformities and a third died shortly after emergence. One pair of adult snakes died soon after arriving in captivity. In 1999–2000, three pairs of snakes were acquired from Ukraine. Snakes were housed with a newspaper substrate and plastic hide box, and temperatures were maintained at 22–28°C during the day with a basking area at 35°C, and 18–22°C at night. Juvenile snakes were moved in groups of 2–3 to small containers with a paper substrate, where temperatures were maintained at 22–25°C during the day and 20–22°C at night.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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