Reproduction of the Chinese red snake, Dinodon rufozonatum (Cantor) in captivity

  • Published source details Simmons J.E. (1977) Reproduction of the Chinese red snake, Dinodon rufozonatum (Cantor) in captivity. Herpetological Review, 8, 32.


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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 1973–1977 at Fort Worth Zoological Park, USA (Simmons 1977) reported that Chinese red snakes Dinodon rufozonatum bred successfully in captivity in two of four years. In 1973–1976, two females produced clutches of three and seven eggs. Two of three eggs from the first clutch and some from the second (number not provided) hatched successfully. Authors report an incubation period of 49 days. In 1977, a clutch of 12 eggs was produced, but these were still incubating at the time of writing. In 1973, a male and two female snakes were housed together in a 2-foot fibreglass cage, with a gravel substrate, rocks, plants and a water bowl. Temperatures ranged from 23–32°C. Gravid females were moved to a separate cage and provided a bowl containing damp vermiculite and/or moss. Eggs were placed in a 5-gallon aquarium in a 1:1 mixture of vermiculite and water, and incubated at 29–35°C.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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