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    I was cleaning out some of my cages and put one of my males with a female. I was wondering since he is courting her and I had plans of breeding them this year, should I leave them together or seperate them and wait till later in the year to introduce them? If I do leave them together should I continue to feed as normal?
    Thanks for any help,
    Steve


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    HOW BIG IS THE FEMALE?? OR HOW OLD? THAT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE MAYBE CLAY OR STEVE CAN GET IN ON THIS AS WELL BUT I BELIEVE IF U MATE TO EARLY THEN IT WILL SHORTEN THE LIFE SPAN OF THE FEMALE. IF I AM WRONG I WILL BE PUT BACK TO ORDER TRUST ME LOL BUT THAT IS WHAT I HEARD.


    LEE

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    • #3
      Re:Early Breeding

      BTW WELCOME TO THE FORUM MAY U LEARN ALOT HERE AS I DID.


      LEE

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        Thanks for the welcome.
        My female is 5 years old and about 7 feet long and my male is 3 years old and about 4 feet long. I was more concerned about putting them together this early in the season and not having them breed. I live in the desert and all my snakes become real active right around now do to the monsoon season. I tried introducing one of my other pairs, but my other male is not interested in courting right now. I have breed rattlesnakes for many years but I am new to boid breeding. This is going to be my first year in trying to breed boas and I planned on following Jeff Ronne's breeding section in his book.
        Thanks,
        Steve

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        • #5
          Re:Early Breeding

          Hi Stysnake,

          Welcome to the forums..

          OK, your female is fine to breed assuming she has good girth on her.. When I breed, about 2-3 months prior to breeding I give the girl a guiena pig every 2nd or 3rd feeding till they mate. Gives her more fat to produce better and less chance she will be too week to carry the babies full term. Since she goes off feed for most of the time she is gravid.. Your male sounds abit small for doing the deed, but it won't hurt him to try if he can keep up with the girl.. If he is courting, watch him. When things settle down, remove him for a week and try again..

          Hope that helps..
          Steve

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          • #6
            Re:Early Breeding

            Hello stysnake, I was just wondering where you were in the dessert. You may live close to me...........

            **Beth**

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            • #7
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              Beth,
              I live in Alamogordo, NM, about seventy miles north of El Paso, TX.
              Steve

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              • #8
                Re:Early Breeding

                You could keep them together.
                I see no harm in doing so.
                But I do not claim to be an expert.
                I do not even play one on TV

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                • #9
                  Re:Early Breeding

                  Ritchie... Too funny.

                  "Six in one, half a dozen in the other"

                  The problem is that there are best practices, but there are also no lack of methods that have produced and not produced babies.

                  Here are a few examples....

                  You can leave them together year round and they will never breed.

                  You can leave them together year round and they have babies.

                  You can introduce the male too early and the female will ignore him and never ovulate.

                  You can introdure the male too early and the female allow courting and ovulate.

                  You can brumate (cool) the boas and introduce the male and courting begins.

                  You can maintain the boas at year round temperatures and introduce the male and courting begins.

                  Anyway....
                  There are definately best practices and things that have worked the best for people, and have generally produced more favorable results. But as you can tell, anything is possible.
                  To gain knowledge is good, but to share knowledge is wise

                  -Best Regards
                  -Clay English
                  Founder Redtailboas.com 1998-2013

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                    Like Clay said, alot have things have produced babies.. I know of one guy who had a set of nice boas in the same cage since birth. as of three years ago never one litter. I suggested he seperate them for the new year 2 years ago and intro them together Nov 1st.. They went at it 3 mins after they were put together and had a nice healthy clutch of babys... That is my prefered way..

                    Steve..

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