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Posted by markg on April 26, 2003 at 02:20:18:
In Reply to: Rosy breeding questions: posted by bootsiecollinsus on April 25, 2003 at 22:32:47:
Didn't know you've bred other snakes.
Rosies are different; they will not go at it immediately like kingsnakes. They will seem uninterested when first put together. I've had good luck putting them together after the female's 1st shed and leaving them together for a few weeks or more, unless the female seems stressed. You probably won't see them copulate unless you check late at night. It is best to have them in a roomy sweater box during this time. Evidence that copulation occurred is seeing the male all curled up on the cool end of the cage the next morning, though it isn't always the case.
It is important to feed the female well during this time. If gravid, she will refuse food after a time until the young are born. Gestation is around 120 days or so. I believe in providing a basking area of 86-90 deg for the female while gravid. As she gets very close to giving birth you may notice that she moves away from the heat. You can turn it down a little then.
Like I said before, rosies can get stressed if conditions aren't to their liking, and this can mean no breeding. They can also skip years for no good reason. Give each snake a cage like a 28 or 30 quart sweater box. Provide a hide over the heat. You can provide fresh water once a week for 24-48 hrs. Keep the cages clean and dry. Good luck!