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News from Breeding season II.2013-04-06

We noticed several interesting events in the last few weeks. Our Tumbes boas (Boa c. longicauda) and Ecuadorian redtail boas (Boa c. constrictor) gave us reason to hope...

Tumbes boas (Boa c. longicauda)

Our male Boa c. longicauda has courted the female few times during the last weeks, we could not observe a copulation, though. A week ago, this females showed obvious signs of ovulation: first a huge midbody swelling, which became very subtle in 5-6 days. It gives us reason to hope that she also refused to feed for the first time in her 8 years lifespan, which confirms the ovulation. In addition, this male lost his interest completely after the ovulation had taken place, while he is still sexually active with other females.

Ovulation in Tumbes boa

First feeding refusal in her 8 years lifespan

Ecuadorian redtail boas (Boa c. constrictor)

Our Lago Agrio boas had been previously inactive in the last few weeks, therefore we were really surprised when we could photograph an actual copulation one day after their last feeding. Hopefully, we will see plenty of that in the future, although even one mating can produce a successful litter.

Ecuadorian redtail boas (Boa c. constrictor) copulating

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