Why do snakes fight each other

The reproduction of snakes

The reproduction of snakes is similar to that of many other animals:
(successful) mating, pregnancy, birth or oviposition and hatching ...

Table of Contents:

  1. [Puberty]
  2. [The comment fights]
  3. [The pairing]
  4. [The birth or oviposition and hatching]
  5. [The brood care]

1. Sexual maturity:
The snakes reach sexual maturity between 9 months and 7 years of age and depend on the species, habitat and food available.
The adders in our temperate zones become sexually mature at around 2 to 3 years of age, whereas the vipers only one to two years later ...
In general, the males become reproductive earlier than the females. For the former, reproduction is already over after mating. For the females, however, everything is just beginning - and that takes a lot of strength ...

2. The comment fights:
In relation to sex and reproduction, competition, mostly for the female, is actually known to everyone. These exist in different forms in humans and animals ...
These so-called comment fights also exist with some of the snake species.
These fights also differ in their identity, depending on the type.
While the ritual battles of many poisonous snakes and vipers live up to their name, some snakes and pythons fight much harder with each other.
However, there are also types of snakes, such as garter snakes, that are not familiar with these comment fights.
In general, the opponents entwine each other in a comment fight and try to defeat the other by depressing each other.
When caring for several males in a terrarium, such possible fights are to be considered!

3. The pairing:
If two snakes of the same species meet at the mating season, it is checked (by the male) which sex the other animal is.
If it is another male, it can - depending on the species - lead to a "comment fight" as described above.
But if it is a female, the excited male will first "pursue" the female for some time until it is ready to mate.
When mating, the male then crawls on the female and wraps around its tail. It tries to get to that of its partner with its cesspool. This can happen when the female lifts her tail a little. Now the male can introduce one of its two hemipenes into the female's cloaca.
A pairing can only take a few minutes or up to several hours.

4. The birth or oviposition and hatching:
After a successful mating, the offspring begins to develop in the female's body.

Usually 1 to 3 months after fertilization, the Eggs filed. After another 2 to 3 months, the young usually hatch.

Bring mainly boas, sand boas and vipers (but also some snakes and sea snakes) living boy to the world (ovoviviparous).
The eggs (consisting of a thin egg shell) are "hatched" in the mother's body.
It takes about as long from fertilization to birth as it takes to hatch for egg-laying snakes.
With the (egg) viviparous snakes, the little ones leave their egg shell either immediately after birth or while still in the mother's body.
This type of reproduction is advantageous for snake eggs in climatically unfavorable regions.

5. Brood care:
It should be noted that some snake species "take care" of their nest.
This is how pythons usually guard their eggs, a few - the tiger python (Python molurus), the blood python (P. curtus), the green tree python (Morelia viridis) and the amethyst python (M. amethistina) - even incubate them properly.
By moving your muscles, you can increase the temperature around the eggs by a few degrees.
However, this incubation of the eggs is very energy-consuming ...


[& copy Philipp Berg 2003-2007]

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