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As the follicles become extended with yolk, the ovaries swell and so the lower portion of the female’s body swells noticeably.A common error I have seen with inexperienced breeders is that they mistake this swelling for the snake becoming gravid.
In both males and females, these openings are tightly closed, except when the female is in the process of laying her eggs.One of the greatest attractions of herpetoculture for me is that it seems no matter how much experience you gain there is always more to learn and surprises are just around the corner.So, while I cannot claim to know the right way, I do have many years of experience at getting things wrong and so hopefully can help point others in the right direction.The sex organs, or gonads, of a male python are termed testes and produce sperm; the female gonads are called ovaries and they produce sex cells called oocytes.In both sexes, these organs are found in approximately the same area of the body. Some readers have probably had a go and found it is not as easy as first thought to achieve consistent and reliable results.
You’ve no doubt tried reading everything you can find, but have discovered that there is no simple “how to do it manual” and the advice you receive is often jumbled and conflicting, or vague and too general.
When I first considered writing this series of articles, I started by writing down a list of the husbandry topics where I felt a basic understanding would be helpful when attempting to breed the various Australian python species.
This list is as follows: • Adult feeding regimes • Temperature cycling • Day/night cycles • Mating schedules • Using multiple males • Male combat • Male fertility • Colony size – sex ratios • Yolk formation • Ovulation • Determining pregnancy • Pregnant snake nutrition • Pre-lay care of females • Nest box design • Laying & egg collection • Post-lay care of females • Incubation techniques • Managing the hatching process • Post-hatch care of neonates • Neonate Feeding • Sex determination Interestingly, when fielding frequent questions about how to breed a species, nearly two thirds of these topics are never raised by anyone and yet, from my experience, many can have a dramatic impact on results.
It is important to realise that breeding pythons with consistency is a year round project.
You cannot just expect to put animals together and have them breed unless you have put in the necessary preparation and careful observation.
If you were able to look inside this pouch you would find three openings at the front of it.