Posted by Sparky Wondercheese on July 09, 1997 at 18:48:08:
In Reply to: fertility and wild-caught males posted by Troy Hibbitts on July 09, 1997 at 18:31:01:
: Of the ten alterna that I have had appear gravid, five
: have produced infertile eggs, while of the remaining
: five, one has produced a good clutch and the others appear
: to be well on their way to doing so (each remaining female
: is much heavier and has much more obvious eggs in her than
: the ones that threw slugs). Anyway, the common thread here
: is that the females that threw slugs were all bred by 3 (and
: in one case, 4) year old, captive bred males, while the
: remaining females were bred by wild-caught males (in all
: but one case, older, mature adults, with the exception being
: a wc97 24"male). While I don't have a scope to check
: sperm counts, it seems that the older, wild males in my
: collection are producing good sperm, while the young cb
: ones are not. I wish I could compare old wc vs old cb
: snakes, but none of my cb are older than 4.5 yrs.
: (1) how many of you have noticed similar phenomenon?
: (2) is there anything to be done regarding sperm production,
: besides allowing the young males to mature?
I had someone tell me how the motility of sperm
in his w/c male alterna would change alomost on a
daily basis, with some being viable 1 day and not
the next. Bear in mind these ar W/C not C/B...
I seem to see a higher percentage of bad eggs when using CB
males, ( but unforunately was limited to CB females as well)
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