Notes on captive reproduction and behavior in the Mexican cantil (Agkistrodon bilineatus)

  • Published source details West L.W. (1981) Notes on captive reproduction and behavior in the Mexican cantil (Agkistrodon bilineatus). Herpetological Review, 12, 86-87.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Vipers

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  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Vipers

    A study in 1973–1979 at the Oklahoma City Zoo, USA (West 1981) found that Mexican cantils Agkistrodon bilineatus bred successfully in captivity. In 1973, two females produced one litter each of six and 12 live young, though six young died shortly after birth. In 1977, one female produced a litter of nine young, two of which were still alive after three months, and one of which survived at least 2 years. In 1966–1973, a male and two females were acquired. They were housed together from 1973 in a glass-fronted wooden enclosure (79 x 61 x 46 cm) with a gravel substrate, rocks and plastic vegetation. The male died following removal of a tumour in December 1976.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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