Notes on reproduction in captive Lampropeltis triangulum nelsoni (Serpentes; Colubridae)

  • Published source details Tryon B.W. & Hulsey T.G. (1976) Notes on reproduction in captive Lampropeltis triangulum nelsoni (Serpentes; Colubridae). Herpetological Review, 7, 161-162.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Colubrids

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  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Colubrids

    A study in 1974–1976 at Fort Worth Zoological Park, USA (Tryon & Hulsey 1976) reported that Nelson's milksnakes Lampropeltis triangulum nelsoni bred successfully in captivity. One female produced one clutch/year for three years and a second female produced a single clutch. Clutch size ranged from 3–5 eggs, and 13 of 16 eggs hatched successfully. Two juveniles that were retained survived at least two years. A male and two females were acquired between 1964–1973 and bred successfully in 1974–1976. All three snakes were housed in a 2-foot fibreglass cage with a substrate of pea gravel. Temperatures fluctuated seasonally between 23–32°C. Groups of 2–3 eggs were transferred to sealed, gallon jars and incubated in vermiculite (1:1 ratio by weight with water). Incubation temperatures were maintained at 23–30°C.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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