The maintenance and breeding of the Jamaican boa Epicrates subflavus (Stejneger, 1901) at the Jersey Zoological Park

  • Published source details Bloxam Q.M.C. (1977) The maintenance and breeding of the Jamaican boa Epicrates subflavus (Stejneger, 1901) at the Jersey Zoological Park. The Dodo: Journal of the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, 14, 69-73.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Boas and pythons

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Reptile Conservation
  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Boas and pythons

    A study in 1977 at the Jersey Zoological Park in Jersey (Bloxam 1977) reported that two of three female Jamaican boas Epicrates subflavus bred successfully in captivity. Two females produced litters of 24 and 34 live young each, with the first litter also containing two stillborn young and an infertile ovum. A third female produced no young. Three female and four male snakes were acquired and housed together in an exhibition enclosure (2.3 x 2.3 x 2.7 m). The substrate was peat and dry leaves; a hollow log and granite boulders were provided; and the air temperature was maintained at 30°C during the day. Young were removed from the main enclosure following birth.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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