Fourth introduction: 11/24/09 @ 10:30 am
Male was removed this time and placed in female’s enclosure in cool holding. I removed all of the décor except for one small flat pieced of cork bark under the basking site. Male went was put in to the right side of the cage and the female was on the far left side. Right away male went to the basking site and remained there for a bit. After about 30 min or so he began to tongue flick the paper she had been lying on. I had not changed the paper from yesterday it was not dirty at all but she had not made a mess of it as of yet. The pair showed no interest in breeding or courting in anyway.
I removed the pair mid day and put them into the exhibit together. Within minutes the male was courting the female. @ 2:39pm observed the pair in confirmed copulation had mid body draped over large log and both snakes were elevated during copulation( arboreal copulation)only lasted a few minutes. Female disengaged breeding and then shortly after male engaged with another successful copulation. Hemi penis appeared very dark, purple and engorged when it was viewable. Snakes were separated as prior at end of the day.
Temperature reading of male snake after breeding was 83.5 within minutes of copulation and female snake was a temperature of 74. Temperature of enclosure cool area is 74.5 / mid range 78.5 / basking area 90.8
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