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Posted by Nightflight99 on April 09, 2003 at 00:09:09:
In Reply to: Nice juvie, more... posted by Chance on April 08, 2003 at 22:14:44:
As with many species that share a wide distribution range - and Dispholidus typus being a classic example - boomslangs display an amazing amount of variation. The coloration of the subadult female in the picture (at almost two years of age) is not an age-dependent juvenile coloration. Dispholidus typus may darken a little with age, but does not appear to go through specific patterns of age-dependend change of coloration, as one might observe in, say Clelia clelia.
The blue speckling in this female is not typical, but may be observed in both males and females at times, as well as juvenile and adult specimens.
Good luck with your specimens. Dispholidus typus does not appear to be very difficult to breed, and there are reports of successfull captive propagation from the 60s and 70s. Unfortunately, this species is not commonly produced in the U.S. these days, a fact that may soon change, as the level of interest for these animals seems to have risen lately.
I looked for the pics further down, but could only find pics of courtship behavior. Did you observe actual confirmed copulation (i.e. hemipenis penetrating the cloaca) or was the observed behavior limited to the male courting the female?