Captive reproduction of Vipera russelli (Shaw 1797)

  • Published source details Naulleau G. & van den Brule B. (1980) Captive reproduction of Vipera russelli (Shaw 1797). Herpetological Review, 11, 110-112.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Vipers

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

    A replicated study in 1972–1978 [location unknown] (Naulleau & van den Brule 1980) found that Russell's vipers Vipera russelli bred successfully in captivity. In 1972–1978, eight females each produced one litter of 9–22 live young. The average sex ratio of litters was eight females for every six males. Five pregnant vipers were imported from Pakistan (origin unclear) and the other three females were captive born. Snakes were kept in large terraria (3.8 x 2.3 x 1.1 m) and smaller cages (0.5–1.0 x 0.5 x 0.5 m), with a thermal gradient of 18–50°C and minimum temperature of 18°C at night.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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