Notions of Reproductive Techniques in Snakes
Snakes indisputably fascinate and at the same time frighten man. Nobody can remain indifferent in front of creatures so distant morphologically from us but so present in our tradition and in the collective imagination. Snakes have always been captured for detention or public display, but we knew little about their procreation and the possibility of obtaining a “domestic” population.
The captive reproduction of these reptiles has so far been the prerogative of very few passionate herpetologists who, with commitment and great efforts, have been the first to experiment with the most effective techniques to give birth to their young in an environment controlled by humans.
In this book we try to make this knowledge common heritage, explaining how to manage a breeding animal, how to create pairs, how to feed them in order to obtain effective reproduction. There is no lack of veterinary insights into the most common diseases and the use of ultrasound for gynecological and obstetric purposes. The book is enriched with many photos and images. Practical Small Animal Ultrasonography Abdomen
Snakes are very versatile animals, which tend to occupy a diverse range of habitats and ecological niches (terrestrial, arboreal, subterranean, freshwater, brackish and marine environments). There are many extremely adaptable species, which occupy a wide range of habitats with a wide distribution area; while others are highly specialised and can only survive in restricted habitats.
For many species the availability at reasonable prices of animals born in captivity, has discouraged and almost eliminated the deplorable phenomenon of capturing individuals born in the wild. The ever increasingly restrictive legislation has in turn implemented and further stimulated reproductive practices.
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