Breeding Skaapsteker

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Breeding Skaapsteker

Postby Vipernhunter » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:25 pm

Hello.

My skaapsteker (Psammophylax rhobeatus) is gravid and I think I get in next two week eggs. Did anybody breed this species here in the forum?
What temperature the eggs need?
What air humidity they need?
How long I must wait if the babies comes out from eggs?

Thanks for informaions.

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Re: Breeding Skaapsteker

Postby rolandslf » Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:15 am

I have not bred them but was given some eggs. I put them in the incubator and incubated at the exact same temps etc. as for my Corn Snake eggs.
Incubation period was also the same as for my Corns and Brown House Snake eggs.

I fed the hatchlings on Gecko Parts for the first 6 months and I have now got 2 of them straight onto Mouse Pinkie Parts without any Scenting being done.
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Re: Breeding Skaapsteker

Postby hammies » Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:37 am

I have also bred them and the incubation period was a lot shorter than my corns at about 40 days after laying.
This was at a temperature of 28,5 C.
The babies were very small and they refused to go onto pinkies.
I had no access to their natural food(frogs and lizards) so I released them close to where the mother was caught.

Hope it helps you a bit.
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Re: Breeding Skaapsteker

Postby rolandslf » Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:14 pm

I incubate at 30centigrade.
They will not take pinks at first.
I fed Gecko parts for 6 months and then starved them for 3 weeks.
I then took some pinks, defrosted them and cut them in half length wise.
2 of the babies ate, the others were given Gecko parts for 2 more feeds and have been starved for 2 weeks.
This coming weekend I will feed Pinks again.
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Re: Breeding Skaapsteker

Postby Bushviper » Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:03 pm

30 degrees is a bit hot. They hatch without problems at 26 to 28 degrees.

Just for fun leave the female with the eggs and put all of them in the incubator. She wraps around them and gets aggressive if you try to take them away.
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Re: Breeding Skaapsteker

Postby Fooble » Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:41 pm

Naturally they young will feed on small skinks. Like snake eyed skinks,variable skinks as well as speckled skinks. I do however believe like fuscus they will take day old African pigmy mice as you have done with the fuscus or was it guttatus if I recall correctly?

Good luck with them the young are beautiful albeit tiny.
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Re: Breeding Skaapsteker

Postby Vipernhunter » Sun Apr 29, 2012 4:40 pm

The skaapstecker with eggs.
Now I have it in selfmade incubator 27 degree and 95% wet from air.

I hope I get any babies. I like the skaapstecker from Porth Elisabeth.
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Re: Breeding Skaapsteker

Postby Aaxel » Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:29 pm

In the wild, does her proximity to the eggs aid to incubate them, or is she just defending them?
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Re: Breeding Skaapsteker

Postby Fooble » Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:28 pm

Viperhunter, excellent news congrats the hobby needs more like you working with and breeding these animals instead of getting poached specimens.

Aaxel in the wild they stay with the eggs most fo the incubation period seldom leaving them
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Postby Vipernhunter » Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:29 am

Now after about 5 weeks the small Skapies comes out from the eggs.
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Re: Breeding Skaapsteker

Postby Fooble » Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:06 am

Well done! A great success. The fun will now begin to get them feeding God luck!
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Re: Breeding Skaapsteker

Postby Vipernhunter » Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:22 am

I feed them with parts from small baby mice. I do this in past and this is super. Small fish are good too. After some month they eat baby mouse self.
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Re: Breeding Skaapsteker

Postby Westley Price » Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:13 pm

Gorgeous babies. I hope your post motivates some local guys to try their hands at this species.

Well done!

The one is the upper right hand corner is a keeper!

Is there a market for the CB babies in Europe?
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Re: Breeding Skaapsteker

Postby RJG » Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:01 pm

well done those look awesome!
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Re: Breeding Skaapsteker

Postby Vipernhunter » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:29 pm

In European not much people have skaapsteker. But I think this snake is interessting for much peoples because you see the snake every time if the spot light is on. Not like all the Asian snakes were the most time are hidden. I have a very nice male and female were have much red spots and grey-blue spots. I have eggs from this in incubator. I hope from these eggs I get very nice babies. I will make picture if the babies comes out of eggs.

Much people say it is not easy to feed small skaapstekers and they eat only geckos. I get the parents from my skaapsteker als very small snakes and they eat after a little time ultra baby mouse
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