Category: Logbook

November 2021

November 11, Zamenis Situla:
I bought two unrelated couples at the Snakeday in October.

Two accepted food several times but the other two refused the nest-mice offered time and again.

I decided to put them all in winter-rest for a couple of weeks at a temperature of 13-15 degrees Celsius.

Bogertophis subocularis:
The adult couple went into winter-rest too. Last feeding was early October, the heating went of in the beginning of November

October 2021

October 10, Snakeday:
I attended the annual Snakeday and was able to buy two unrelated, captive bred, couples of Zamenis situla.

October 14, Bogertophis subocularis:
The first three eggs hatched today after 69 days in the incubator (temperature at 29 degrees Celsius). Two juveniles are healthy, the third has congenital defect with the eye. Another four eggs are infertile. Two more to go..

October 17, Bogertophis subocularis:
I opened the last two eggs today. They both contained a dead juvenile with an eye with a congenital defect!

The final score is two healthy juvenile out of a litter of nine. That is a very poor score.

Maybe it is my own fault; I used a new box and maybe the ventilation-holes weren’t big enough. Insufficient ventilation might have caused death and the congenital defects.
The incubation conditions were the same as the recent years..

October 19, Gonyosoma oxycephalum:
Tonight I found my three year old male in mating for the first time

October 27, Corallus hortulanus:
Last night a female (check the Logbook on September 21) did give birth to a litter of 14 juveniles. They all look well and beautiful. I am used to see more colour variation within the same litter

September 2021

September 21, Corallus hortulanus:

Earlier this year I had two couples Corallus hortulanus in mating. One female is pregnant. Her skin became a darker shade of red, en her belly grew. I find her lying under the hotspot most of the time (see picture).

I’m not sure about the other one. She has difficulty shedding properly which makes it difficult to see if her skin becomes darker. She doesn’t eat and isn’t under the hotspot that often..

September 26, Corallus hortulanus:

I’m still not sure about the second female being pregnant.. She did shed perfectly today. Much to my surprise her colour changed from red to grey.. A few months ago she was just as red as the  female above…

September 28. the Snakeday is coming up..

I made up my mind about which offspring snakes to keep and which ones to sell.

The Snakeday is the only reptile-market where I have a table to sell my offspring. See the Sale page for details.

I decided to sell my Sanzinia Madagascariensis male as I don’t have breeding intentions with this specie.

July 2021

July 27, L. aurora:

Six eggs hatched over the last three days. Six eggs hatched over the last three days. From the litter of nine eggs, three turned out to be infertile. 


I kept some 2019 and 2020 offspring until this year just to see how they develop:

I kept some 2019 and 2020 offspring until this year just to see how they develop:

Just born;   length: 11 cm – weight: 4 grams

One year old;  Length:11 cm – Weight: 11 grams

Two years old;  Length: 45cm – Weight: 29 grams

June 2021

June 5, Lamprophis aurora:

L. aurora laid her eggs today in a box with moist moss (spagnum). Nine eggs in total, all but two look good. The eggs are in the incubator at 29 degrees Celsius and I expect them to hatch at the end of July.

June 16, Bogertophis Subocularis:

Several matings observed over the last couple of days…

March 2021

March 15, Corallus hortulanus:

I want to breed with two couples this year. Early March I introduced them to each other and several matings observed until now. The female on the left thought mating was more important than finishing her shedding first..

This morning I found both couples in mating.
What a nice view to start the day with!

February 2021

February 28, Corallus caninus

My 1.2 Corallus are over five years old now. For the first breeding attempt I introduced one of the females tot the male. Within minutes the male was interested in her but she was not amused, tried to escape from the terrarium and went eventually down to the floor and stayed there. She even tried to dig herself in. I separated the two the next morning.

After a few days I introduced the other female to the male. This female showed exactly the same behaviour. I separated them too and will wait a while with the next attempt

February 18, Corallus hortulanus

All but one of the September 2020 Corallus hortulanus offspring are eating. I am not worried about the last one. He comes out of his shelter and is interested in what’s going on.

I expected it to be a matter of time before this one will accept food as well

(Two days later the first prey was accepted..).


February 12, Bogertophis subocularis

Bogertophis subocularis is out of their winter rest. After two months they are back at room temperature.

I’ll put the heating on in a two weeks time and start feeding them again in the month of March.

January 2021

January 31, Lamprophis aurora

The only surviving Lamprophis aurora 2020 juvenile is 6 months old now and doing well. She accepted her first feeding on July 12 and she eats almost every week now.

Here weight went from 3 grams by birth to 5 grams now. Her length is 21 centimetres (was 11 centimetres by birth).

Just compare this picture with the one taken in June 2020…

December 2020

December 3 Bogertophis subocularis

My couple of Bogertophis subocularis started their winter rest. I stopped feeding them mid October and the heating went off mid November.

Today I did put them into winter rest in a small (darkened) terrarium at a temperature of 12 -15 degrees Celsius (mid 50 F).