Monday, May 05, 2008


Mexican Baird's are twitter-painted

My adult Mexican Baird's are actually captive-bred F1's of wild-caught parents from Nuevo Leon, in the Monterrey area. Texas zookeepers/curators Steve Hammack and Alan Kardon collected and acquired the parents legally back in the 1980's.

In this photo, the male is biting the female just behind the head, something that this race of bairdi often does during courtship. From my own observations, Baird's Ratsnakes bite females more gently than male subocs, and male subocs often bite the females all over the body...and not just to restrain her either -- it is perceived that the biting on the body is a stimulus for females to submit to the males' sexual advances.

Hopefully, we'll see eggs again this year from the Nuevo Leon Baird's female.


p.s. If you don't know what "twitter-painted" means, then watch Bambi. LOL

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