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Female reproductive cycle of the African snail-eating snake, Duberria lutrix

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The female reproductive cycle of Duberria lutrix was studied in Zimbabwe. Reproduction was seasonal and annual. In general, vitellogenesis occurred from February through June, with ovulation from late May through August. Most births occurred during November and December, but some as early as October and late as mid-January. Vitellogenesis began during the latter third of the wet season, followed by ovulation during the dry season, and parturition during the next wet season. Gravid females appeared to reduce feeding. Sizes of litters ranged from 4-16 in number, and there was a high positive correlation between snout-vent length and litter size. Most females did not reproduce until the end of their second year of life.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Zoology and Physiology. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803-1725, U.S.A.


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