Captive propogation of the Mandarin rat snake (Elaphe mandarina) at Moscow Zoo

  • Published source details Mamet S. & Kurdryavtsev S. (1997) Captive propogation of the Mandarin rat snake (Elaphe mandarina) at Moscow Zoo. Asiatic Herpetological Research, 7, 85-86.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Colubrids

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  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Snakes – Colubrids

    A study in 1989–1995 [location unknown] (Mamet & Kurdryavtsev 1997) reported that Mandarin rat snakes Elaphe mandarina bred successfully in captivity. In 1993–1995, a female produced three clutches (at least 5, 6 and 6 eggs/clutch), with 16 eggs hatching successfully. Incubation periods were around 48 days, and the ratio of males to females was 2:1. In 1989, a pair of snakes (recently captive-born) was acquired and housed together in a glass enclosure (40 x 25 x 25 cm). Temperatures were maintained at 22–26°C during the day and 16–18°C at night, and humidity was high. Snakes were then moved to separate enclosures (60 x 40 x 40 cm). The snakes reached maturity in 1992, and in 1993, the female was introduced to the male’s enclosure. Eggs were removed and incubated at 25–28°C in very high humidity on sphagnum moss Sphagnum sp..

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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