A pair of Python natalensis mating

A pair of Python natalensis mating

Postby Engaiauden » Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:54 pm

Maybe this year I'm lucky with Python natalensis: here is a couple of mine during what seems to be a breeding.
Both male and female are three years old. Python natalensis is one of my favourite snakes, I've dedicated much time to study this beautiful species.
I hope in the future ovulation, egg laying and hatchling of many babies! I will not separate this couple till the first half of February, according to D. e T. Barker (The African giants, The Vivarium, Volume 6, Number 1, July/August 1994).
The female is about 2,50 m long; the male is smaller (as it should be), about 2 m long.
Yesterday afternoon I have introduced the male in the terraium of the female, and they seemed immediately interested to each other, and this morning I have seen the surprise... Send me luck, this python has been rarely bred, but it needs so.

Best regards from Italy,
Stefano Barone
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Re: A pair of Python natalensis mating

Postby vuduman » Sat Dec 17, 2011 8:37 pm

Congratulations Engaiauden.Very good looking pythons.I was not aware that they will breed allready at that size.Looking forward to seeing some babie pictures in a few months.I got to say ...Baby rock pythons are amongs they coolest of baby pythons in my eyes :)
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Re: A pair of Python natalensis mating

Postby Sly » Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:06 pm

Congrats and you right you don't see to many people breeding these or even working with these, good one...also wishing you all the success forward
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Re: A pair of Python natalensis mating

Postby John Rees » Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:15 pm

Good luck Engaiauden. They seem to be in great condition. Keep us informed as to how things work out.
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Re: A pair of Python natalensis mating

Postby don patterson » Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:10 am

Beautiful, they look really nice. We dont see those much over here.
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Re: A pair of Python natalensis mating

Postby Bushviper » Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:32 pm

That is great news. Personally I think the female might be a bit too young/small. This does bode well for the future though. We are all holding thumbs for you on this side.
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Re: A pair of Python natalensis mating

Postby Engaiauden » Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:46 pm

Bushviper wrote:That is great news. Personally I think the female might be a bit too young/small. This does bode well for the future though. We are all holding thumbs for you on this side.


The female has the same length of the one that was been bred by Dave and Tracy Barker in 1994 (The Vivarium, July August 1994). Python natalensis becomes mature at an early age. Of course in the future with the female much bigger I should have more eggs.
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Re: A pair of Python natalensis mating

Postby Bushviper » Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:44 am

It is quite possible, but I have never caught gravid female of under 3 metres in length and they usually take longer to reach that size in the wild. Possibly the readily available food supply could be the reason they breed earlier in captivity. Either way please let us know what happens.
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Re: A pair of Python natalensis mating

Postby Engaiauden » Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:06 am

Bushviper wrote:Possibly the readily available food supply could be the reason they breed earlier in captivity.

I think so, this is a general rule for every snake in captivity
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Re: A pair of Python natalensis mating

Postby Captain » Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:42 pm

Did You have any success yet, Stefano?? Please let me know!
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