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Feeding King cobras Ophiophagus Hannah at Rotterdam Zoo

Feeding King cobras Ophiophagus Hannah at Rotterdam Zoo Berlin Zoo for over eight years, weighed I I j . 7j o g, had a head-and-body length of 630 mm, a tail length of I o j nun, and a total length of 7 3 j mm. RE FEREN CE S C O N A N T , R. & H U D S O N , R . (1949): Longevity records for reptiles and amphibians in the Philadelphia Zoological Gardens. Herpetologica 5: 1-8. D L E L L M Aw. ,E. (1958):A monographic study of the N colubrid snake genus Lrptodeira. Bull. . h nut. + (\INS. . Hist. 114:I-152. F L O W E R , (1925):Contribution to our knowledge of w. the duration of life in vertebrate animals. 111. Reptiles. Proc. z o o l . Sac. Lond. 1925: 911-981. H A I N E S , T. P. (1940): Delayed fertilization in Leptodrira annulata polysticta. Copeia 1940: 116-1 18. M E R T E N S , R. (1940): Neuere Beobachtungen Cber die Fortpflanzung der Schlangen. Wschr. Ayuar. u. Trrrurirnk. 37: 489-490. V E R T E K ' S , R. (1953): Giftschlangenbisse in ihrer 20: 1Virkung auf Giftschlangen. Zool. Cart., Lpz. (NF) 19 j-196. Feeding King cobras Ophiophaps hannali a t Rotterdam Zoo J . J . W. P O L D E R ScientrJic . h i s t a n t , Stichting Koninklijke Rottndamse Diergaarde, Rotterdam, Netherlands U'e have successfully used frozen snakes as food for a King cobra Ophiophrigris hat~tiahlor several years. By freezing snakes when they are readily available it is possible to store large quzntities of good quality food for the King cobra, which will refuse all other food even though it has been mixed with minced snake to give it the appropriate flavour. After thawing, the food snakes can be moved about the King cobra's cage to induce it to bite. First captive hatching of bushmasters Lachests ?nrit(i On 10 July 1967, shortlv aftcr we received a two metre female bushmaster Lacliesis nzuin, which we believe to have come from Panama, she laid I I eggs. They were immediately placed in gallon jar incubators and kept at a constant temperature of 26.7'~ (80'~).Damp paper towels were used as a top and bottom cover for the eggs. One of the eggs spoiled ten days later and, upon being opened, was found to be infertile. O n 23 September 1967, the first bushmaster http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Zoo Yearbook Wiley

Feeding King cobras Ophiophagus Hannah at Rotterdam Zoo

International Zoo Yearbook , Volume 9 (1) – Jan 1, 1969

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Copyright © 1969 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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0074-9664
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1748-1090
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10.1111/j.1748-1090.1969.tb02614.x
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Berlin Zoo for over eight years, weighed I I j . 7j o g, had a head-and-body length of 630 mm, a tail length of I o j nun, and a total length of 7 3 j mm. RE FEREN CE S C O N A N T , R. & H U D S O N , R . (1949): Longevity records for reptiles and amphibians in the Philadelphia Zoological Gardens. Herpetologica 5: 1-8. D L E L L M Aw. ,E. (1958):A monographic study of the N colubrid snake genus Lrptodeira. Bull. . h nut. + (\INS. . Hist. 114:I-152. F L O W E R , (1925):Contribution to our knowledge of w. the duration of life in vertebrate animals. 111. Reptiles. Proc. z o o l . Sac. Lond. 1925: 911-981. H A I N E S , T. P. (1940): Delayed fertilization in Leptodrira annulata polysticta. Copeia 1940: 116-1 18. M E R T E N S , R. (1940): Neuere Beobachtungen Cber die Fortpflanzung der Schlangen. Wschr. Ayuar. u. Trrrurirnk. 37: 489-490. V E R T E K ' S , R. (1953): Giftschlangenbisse in ihrer 20: 1Virkung auf Giftschlangen. Zool. Cart., Lpz. (NF) 19 j-196. Feeding King cobras Ophiophaps hannali a t Rotterdam Zoo J . J . W. P O L D E R ScientrJic . h i s t a n t , Stichting Koninklijke Rottndamse Diergaarde, Rotterdam, Netherlands U'e have successfully used frozen snakes as food for a King cobra Ophiophrigris hat~tiahlor several years. By freezing snakes when they are readily available it is possible to store large quzntities of good quality food for the King cobra, which will refuse all other food even though it has been mixed with minced snake to give it the appropriate flavour. After thawing, the food snakes can be moved about the King cobra's cage to induce it to bite. First captive hatching of bushmasters Lachests ?nrit(i On 10 July 1967, shortlv aftcr we received a two metre female bushmaster Lacliesis nzuin, which we believe to have come from Panama, she laid I I eggs. They were immediately placed in gallon jar incubators and kept at a constant temperature of 26.7'~ (80'~).Damp paper towels were used as a top and bottom cover for the eggs. One of the eggs spoiled ten days later and, upon being opened, was found to be infertile. O n 23 September 1967, the first bushmaster

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