A captive breeding of the great basin gopher snake, Pituophis melanoleucus deserticola

  • Published source details Connors J.S. (1986) A captive breeding of the great basin gopher snake, Pituophis melanoleucus deserticola. Herpetological Review, 17, 12.


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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 1981–1982 at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, USA (Connors 1986) reported that a pair of Great Basin gopher snakes Pituophis melanoleucus deserticola bred successfully in captivity. In 1982, the female produced a clutch of seven eggs, and all seven hatched successfully after a 55–58-day incubation period. In 1981, a pair of snakes were acquired, and in 1982 they were placed together in an aquarium (73 x 31 x 28 cm) with a gravel substrate. A plastic container containing damp vermiculite was placed in the aquarium but was ignored by the female. Eggs were collected, wiped clean with zephiran chloride (1:750 solution) and covered with damp vermiculite in a stainless-steel container. They were incubated at 29.5°C.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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