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INTRODUCTION

There have been very few captive reproductions for Morelia boeleni. Miles (1993), Baylin/Memmo (2001), and Leware (2004, 2006) are the only three recorded in the United States. Many pairs in zoological and private collections have copulated but have not produced fertile clutches. Those that did produce fertile clutches have had difficulty during incubation which lead to hatching failure. There are many hypotheses why this occurs such as; not cooling enough during the breeding cycle, lack of sexual maturity, and obesity. Here lies one of the mysteries to these magnificent serpents.

Courtship consists of the male rubbing his head along the female's body while spurring her, trying to position his tail for a successful copulation.

Courtship and copulations can last from several hours to several days. Photo by Spataro

 

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