Live baby snakes born – see the Rainbow Boa pictures!!

It’s always nice to find a fresh batch of eggs laid by our reptiles. But, it’s even nicer to find live babies either running or slithering around the vivarium! Colombian Rainbow Boas are oviviparous which means the eggs develop internally and live babies are born.

dscf1291.jpgWe knew by her behaviour that our female Colombian Rainbow Boa was expecting young but weren’t sure exactly when. Yesterday morning whilst completing the daily water bowl change we noticed there was more activity in their viv than usual! In amongst the curves and contours of the adults were several small faces staring back at us. Mum and Dad were lifted from their vivarium without any fuss to reveal 13 babies underneath them.

While the parents were as placid as normal, the same could not be said for the babies! There natural instinct for self preservation was in full force as they were removed from the adult’s viv. Striking at anything within range, everybody has a nice array of bite marks from these feisty little guys. They will soon calm down like mum and dad though.

They are now in the hatchling rack behind the shop awaiting their first shed and feed. After 4 feeds on frozen mice they will be displayed in the main shop area.

Colombian Rainbow Boas have absolutely lovely markings, I hope you like the pictures!

About Gary Rolfe

Gary has worked with fish and reptiles for 15 years and has a degree in marine biology and coastal ecology. You can follow him on Twitter at @GaryRolfe.

4 Responses to Live baby snakes born – see the Rainbow Boa pictures!!

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  2. Yvonne June 24, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    How absolutely wonderful! Beautiful hatchlings, well done all.

  3. Lois June 25, 2009 at 2:18 pm #

    Away on holiday and keeping up with the blog….what can I say ….how fab…You guys are the best…xxxxx

  4. chris April 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    I caught a snake at my house, black with kinda lime green stripes across its back, nobody has a clue what kind it is and I can not find a picture anywhere of it? I need to post a picture to find out what it is

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