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  1. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    Today at the Havre De Grace Reptile Expo I purchased A pair of Sunbeam Snakes (Xenopeltis unicolor), one male, and one female, I've seen pictures, but pictures don't do them justice. I'm hoping to breed the pair, though I hear it's something rarely ever accomplished, Just curious if anyone else here keeps, or knows someone who keeps, or breeds these guys, and could pass along any extra info to me about them i may have missed.

    Any pertenent info about them is fine, though i'm mainly looking for breeding hints/advice/tips. temp, humidity, so on and so forth i understand.

    This one here is the Male, the female is in the same tank, with a divider in place between the two, as they will eat other snakes.
    She's not feeling as curious so no pictures of her yet.

  2. BlackJack

    BlackJack Subscribed User Premium Member

    I don't have any information for you on breeding, but good luck with your pair. I read on a German site that they like to dig under the substrate, so you might want to put more in there.
    It's a pretty snake! :)
  3. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    Thank You. Both of There setups are very incomplete, Tommorow i'll be buying the rest of the substrate and larger water bowls at work.

    I plan on at least 6-8" of substrate, A mix of eco earth, with cypress mulch and moss.
  4. venus

    venus Founding Member

    Nice, looks like it has rainbowish colors from the picture, lol
  5. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    They actually Do.
    Think Reticulated Python iridescence but, even more shiny. Under that though, they're a dull brownish color.
    It's great seeing the difference in how they look between low indoor light and sunlight.
  6. graduationxday

    graduationxday Elite Member

    Gorgeous snake.
    Good luck with them. :]
  7. kcftlaud08

    kcftlaud08 Elite Member

    Good looking snake. Nice purchase. I don't have any advice but certainly wish you luck on the breeding.
  8. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    Thanks everyone, I'll take all the luck on breeding them i can get, lol, hopefully after there acclimated, and have been eating steadily in a few months the'll be ready to introduce to each other.
    Luckily there already on rat pups, so that parts taken care of, but as they are wild caught, i want to give them time to settle in, and be looked over by a vet.
  9. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Pretty snakes. :)
  10. MoogleBass

    MoogleBass Kittes are so nice! Premium Member

    Very nice. I wish I could see some of them at a local show here.
  11. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    Pictures really don't do them justice.
    Hopefully once breeding catches on they will be more common in the trade.
  12. kcftlaud08

    kcftlaud08 Elite Member

    So it's been a while since I've been able to demonstrate my inexperience. What the heck, here I go: If they eat other snakes, do they eat their own species also and/or how do you know when the mating urge is stronger than the urge to eat the other one?
  13. graduationxday

    graduationxday Elite Member

    Are there any breeders of these snakes out there?
    You said it was rarely accomplished..
    I'm just wondering that, if you're successful [[and we all hope you are :D]], if you'll be one of the first breeders of these snakes that there is.
  14. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    There actually is not a whole lot of information on these guys, From what I've discerned, the chances of one eating another close to their size is very slim. I've actually heard of them being kept together without problems, and they were not separated when I bought them. All the sunbeams were in the same bin.
    I have not seen solid proof they will cannibalize, but I have not seen solid proof they won't, until I do I will treat them like there is always the chance.

    Kept well fed, the chances of them eating another snake are slim, let alone eating each other, though I will have to be careful.

    From what I've heard, I would not be the first to breed them, though I've not been able to find anyone selling captive bred sunbeams. I have stumbled across a few people claiming to possess captive bred sunbeams they purchased. I even found one name of someone who had bred them, with pictures of what appear to be juveniles from a buyer, but I couldn't find anything else about him.

    From what I found I would be among one of few people who have bred them, if I manage to get them to breed (very much an IF)
  15. graduationxday

    graduationxday Elite Member

    Anything's a possibility until it has been proven not to happen.
    So, go for it with all you have.
    You have my best wishes, and I'm sure that goes for everyone else who's been to this thread.
  16. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Good luck with your endeavor!
    Be sure and keep careful notes of everything you do when you attempt to breed them.
    You may be able to add to the available knowledge on them!
  17. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    Thanks, I'll have to remember to record everything, thanks everyone for the support.
  18. graduationxday

    graduationxday Elite Member

    It's no problem.
    Keep us updated :]]
  19. barnkat

    barnkat Elite Member

    Wow! Very nice Ryan. I had never actually heard of one. They would be a real treat to see. Good luck with your raising of the two, and with your breeding program. As Merlin said, keep lots of notes so you can add to the knowledge base.
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