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Posted by Chance on September 24, 2002 at 14:40:33:
In Reply to: Captive Breeding Projects? posted by chzy1 on September 21, 2002 at 04:18:02:
I'm certainly no expert on this matter, but since no one else is answering I'll give you what I've seen and been told. FWCs are bred pretty regularly in captivity, so there should be no trouble getting them. The only reason I can think of anyone wanting an import is to either save a few bucks, or to try to add some new blood to the existing lines. The latter is the only logical reason to want this, and that should only have to happen rarely (in other words, try to leave wild populations alone if at all possible). Besides, when enough inbreeding occurs, you get all kinds of wild and crazy colors and patterns! lol. As far as the Boiga snakes (mangroves, cat snakes, etc), they don't seem to breed all that well in captivity. Granted, there are definitely some people who do it (and hopefully I'll be one of them soon with the addition of a big male mangrove to go with our female). There are a number of reasons for this. For one, it's a "vicious cycle," if you will. You have to have snakes to breed, and there aren't many c.b.s floating around, so you sometimes have to buy imports. So there will probably always be a need for them. Also, these snakes can sometimes be cannibalistic (thankfully I haven't seen this yet....keeping fingers crossed), and there have been times when mates have eaten one or the other. If cage space allows, it's usually best to keep them separate.
Anyway, I totally agree with your thinking here though. I think anyone who keeps these snakes should strive to produce, so that way their snakes can "pay them back" as well as lessen the strain on the import market.