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Antaresia pythons reproduction


All Antaresia pythons are ovivaporous. This means they lay eggs, like birds. The eggs require time for the incubation. In nature, the mother python will coil around them and stay with them all the time until the babies hatch.
 

 
See the breeding cycle of the Children's python - click here
 
Pythons, like all other snakes, are 'cold-blooded' - they can't produce their own heat (like mammals do). As you would imagine, the conditions for a successful incubation have to be very specific. The humidity and temperatures have to be on the required level. Pythons are quite sophisticated animals as it comes to keeping taps on this - they will coil around the eggs in such a way that the moisture will keep the eggs hydrated, and they will aslo use some very special techniques to keep the temperature at the required level. Some pythons will travel to warm spots, warm up and return to their nest to give the heat to the eggs, and some willshiver their muscles generating the required heat. This will leave the mother snakes quite exhaused after 3 or so months of fasting and taking care of the eggs. Although they don't follow up on the babies after tehy are born, mother pythons are very good mothers.



Further reading
Snake Egg Candling
How to check if your snake eggs are fertile
 
 Reproduction
 Breeding cycle of the Children's python
 
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All 2006 babies are sold! The next breeding season has started and my snakes are mating. Next year I will be expecting ball pythons, Irian Jaya carpet pythons, Dumeril's boas, blood pythons, Children's pythons, Kenyan sand boas, spotted pythons and perhaps some others. For availability, check me out often!







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