This morning our Suriname redtail boa (Boa c. constrictor) babies have been born. This is a spacial event for us, not just because Surinames are notoriously hard to breed, but also because this is the first ever Suriname redtails offspring in Hungary.
Our Suriname females gave birth to her 16 healthy babies between 3 and 6 o'clock in the morning, July 24th. There were no slugs or stills. All neonates are seemingly robust, well-developed. Their size is almost twice as big as Nicaraguan boa (Boa c. imperator) babies.
I noticed the presence of babies at 8:30 in the morning. After taking few shots- learning from the year before when I received a huge bite from her -she was removed from the enclosure, so I could handle the babies undisturbed. Most babies have symmetric, chain-like patterns with subtle peaks. Tails are typically flaming-red. Their light brown, pinkish colors will start to develope later. Gravidity was 107 days long counting from POS.
We consider this as a significant event, as Suriname redtail litters rarely occur in Europe due to breeding difficulties and its no wonder it has not been achieved before in Hungary at all. To me personally, breeding Surinames with success means a lot, because this is the locality why I started to keep boas many years ago. It makes even more special that both parents were wild caught which means a new, unrelated bloodline. We will certainly hold back a couple of these neonates to maintain that bloodline in the future.
About the parents:
Both parents are WC animals, therefore their offspring are F1 generation, representing a new bloodline. We acquired the parents in 2002, when the father was a baby, the mother was subadult. We tried to breed them several times in the recent years with few-to-none success.
It made it even more difficult that the female underwent a surgery in 2006, which almost took her life. It started as an IBD test, then turned into an almost fatal massacre. This German "reptile specialist" vet sliced 80cm of ventral of this 2m long boa... I would not discuss the reasonableness and the workmanship of this procedure... Anyhow, she turned out to be IBD-negative, free of the Retro-virus. Ironically, the procedure almost cost her life. The following 1-2 years were all about her recovery, healing a 80 cm long wound on the ventral surface. Due to unworkmanlike surgery procedure had been done, a serious ventral hernia occured, which was later corrected by another surger in Budapest. After all these things, it was a wonder she could reproduce at all.
In the last few years she gained some weight, so we could attempt to breed her with no major risk. She surprised us by dropping a few slugs and stillborns last year, seemingly with no signs of being gravid.
This year we payed much attention to her from before breeding season to giving birth. Temperature was stricktly controlled during the gravidity, feeding schedule was also always checked and rechecked. Practically, she was offered food of proper size irrespectively of any other boas in our collection.
Hard work has payed off!
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