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Old 15-10-2019, 01:43 PM
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I'm not really looking to breed (certainly not for a while) but I was just interested in why we always brumate in winter and then breed in spring. Cant conditions be replicated allowing us to breed at any time of year?
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Old 15-10-2019, 02:48 PM
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I'm not really looking to breed (certainly not for a while) but I was just interested in why we always brumate in winter and then breed in spring. Cant conditions be replicated allowing us to breed at any time of year?
No, most snakes' body clocks hardwire them to come into season in Spring, regardless of replicated conditions. Many will come into season then, even if they aren't brumated.
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Old 15-10-2019, 04:06 PM
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So it's an ovulation thing then?

Womens problems' explain so many of lifes mysteries
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Old 15-10-2019, 04:12 PM
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So it's an ovulation thing then?

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Not really. There is far more to breeding snakes than simple ovulation. Species from temperate regions will naturally over winter in a semi dorment state called brumation. Many captive specimens will automatically stop feeding over the winter. In the spring their behaviour also changes as they try to find a mate.
We breed snakes in the spring because, even when captive bred, they are still wild animals and have wild instincts.
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Whilst I agree with Wilk's and Ian's comments, I do feel that these days the "breeding season" for each species is now not as defined as it used to be. Hatchling Royals tended to appear from September - November, but these days they are offered from June / July, which would suggest that they started August / September the previous year.

But the timing is built in to their body clocks. I started pairing my Royals up last October, but the female didn't go on to lay until mid-August, and the eggs are on day 65 and the buggers have yet to stick their heads out !
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Old 16-10-2019, 03:24 AM
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I'm not really looking to breed (certainly not for a while) but I was just interested in why we always brumate in winter and then breed in spring. Cant conditions be replicated allowing us to breed at any time of year?
As far as I know, conditions can be replicated allowing us to breed at any time of year. I have heard that moving temperate zone northern hemisphere snakes to the temperate zone of the southern hemisphere results in eventually breeding in southern hemisphere spring. The biggest problem is figuring out the stimuli needed to induce breeding and sperm/egg production. Photoperiod and both day/night and seasonal temperature cycles seem to be important for corn snakes and many other temperate zone colubrid snakes. Windows provide the local photoperiod without conscious human intervention.
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