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March 1st, 2013

 Baby Ringtail lemur 

This cute little baby will spend the next several days riding only on her moms belly. 

After gaining a little confidence and a little muscle strength she will move back and forth from her moms belly to her back!

 

 

 

 

February 8th, 2013

 Spring is Here!  Baby sheep are arriving....

Meet Avaleigh and Kamden! These wonderful young ladies have our two newest baby sheep named after them. 

For their birthday party this year these young ladies gave up birthday presents in exchange for their friends bringing food and other items to be donated to the birds and animals of RainForest!

 

Meet Avaleigh!

 

Meet Kamden!

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 15th, 2013

 Baby Hedgehogs 

Five babies is a lot to feed, four of the babies can be seen here nursing. 

Adorable faces even at a very young age. 

The female hedgehog is very protective.  We provide her with 10 days of zero disturbance before we can even determine how many babies she has had.

 

 

 

 

 

March 2nd, 2012

Baby Chinchillas!

Baby Chinchillas are born with all of their fur and their eyes open! 

Baby rodents are not usually that developed, but the harsh environment of their native home required the little babies to withstand very difficult weather conditions almost immediately after birth.

A tiny handful, the babies are as soft as silk. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 15, 2011

 Twin Lemurs

Batman and Robin

The babies were named by a contest winner from WBIR in Knoxville

The female will nurse these young lemurs for up to six months, to make sure she has enough vitamins and minerals to successfully raise her babies we feed our females fresh fruits and vegetables as well as "monkey biscuits" a hard biscuit that contains extra vitamins and minerals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Pythons!

RainForest is hatching 42 albino Burmese python eggs! 

Eggs in holding tank as the babies begin to cut open their eggs with an "egg tooth" that is located on the front portion of their jaws.  The egg tooth will drop off after a few days. 

Python  eggs are incubated at 86 degrees at nearly 100% humidity.  The incubation period is generally around  60 days

Click here to view the parents of these eggs

 

 

Several eggs can be seen splitting

 The baby Burmese pythons  measure about 12 inches at birth and will grow to the impressive size of 18-20 feet!

 

 

 

 

Rhea Eggs

Our rheas are sitting on eggs! 

The male rhea is actually the one who sits on the eggs.  Our male rhea can be seen here sitting on over 20 eggs.  Females can lay up to 60 eggs in a season. 

The female rhea comes to check on how her mate is doing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

African Spur Thigh Tortoise Eggs

One of our female African tortoises has laid 25 eggs. 

Each egg is roughly the size of a ping pong ball and is hard shelled similar to a chicken egg.

The eggs will incubate at 88 degrees for a period of approximately 80 days.

Check back around August 15th to see if we hatched yet!!

Click here to learn about adult Spur thigh tortoises

 

 

 

 

 

Python Eggs, tons of 'em!

Our largest python, a 20 foot Reticulated Python has deposited 63 eggs!

The average incubation for this species is 90 days at 91 degrees!  

A wonderful mother, this species will actually guard her eggs by wrapping around them for 90 days!

No worries about the wrinkles.  Python eggs are actually soft and pliable like leather.  This clutch looks like a bunch of beauties!

Click here to learn more about Reticulated Pythons

 

 

 

 

Eastern Box Turtles

RainForest is proud to announce the arrival of baby box turtles! 

 

The eggs were laid on May 21st, 2007

 

 

Learn more about Box Turtles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coatimundi Babies!

One of our female White Nose Coatimundi has give birth to a litter of babies.

4 week old baby playing! 

Proud Mom!

Click here to meet my parents!

 

 

 

 

 

African Crested Porcupine

Meet George!

George was born on Presidents day.  He is a baby African Crested porcupine.  George is currently being fed 4 times per day with a bottle.   The African Crested porcupine is the second largest rodent on earth!  Capable of defending himself against lions and hyenas, George will grow up to be a formidable animal to deal with. 

Female porcupines generally give birth to one or two babies per year.  The young porcupine's quills will begin to stiffen by only 10 days old!

Baby porcupines begin to try solid food at only 14 days old.  George is currently eating raisins and bananas

Click here to learn more about African Crested Porcupines

 

 

 

 

Cobra Eggs

RainForest is incubating 25 albino Monocled Cobra eggs.

25 eggs in the incubator, expected hatch date is:

4-10-07

Cobra eggs are incubated at 86 degrees at nearly 100% humidity.  In this case we are using a chicken egg incubator made by Hovabator to control temperature and humidity for 60 days

Click here to view the parents of these eggs

 

 

Fully formed hoods and fangs are present at birth.  The baby cobras are quick to strike as soon as they hatch. High humidity is critical at this stage for the babies to able to shed their skins within a few days of being born. 

 

 

 

 

Historical Births

 

August 22nd, 2006

Ring Neck Doves Hatchlings

One of our female African Ring Neck Doves has successfully hatched two eggs.

5 day old babies

Mom is doing just fine!

Mom and babies are on display each day at RainForest Adventures

 

 

August 18th, 2006

Ball Python Eggs

One of our female Ball Pythons laid a clutch of eggs on June 10th, 2006.  These are the first pictures of the little snakes emerging from their eggs. 

Each egg is roughly the size of a chicken egg.

The baby ball python assuming the position that earned them their names.

 

Captive Reproduction and Incubation Information

 

 

 

December 5th, 2005

Cuban Boas

The critically endangered Cuban Boa is rarely seen is zoos around the world. At RainForest Adventures we are proud to announce the birth of 4 new born Cuban Boas.  The little ones were born at RainForest Adventures on December 5.  Check back for updates on how the little Boas are doing. 

In the wild Cuban Boas spend the majority of their time in the trees.  The Cuban boa is the largest snake found on the island of Cuba, adults can reach up to 12' in length.

 

 

 

 

Good News! (we saved a ton of money on baby geckos!)

Madagascar Giant Day Gecko (not Geico!)

November 7th, 2005

Welcome to the world little guy!

This picture of a newly hatched Giant Day Gecko shows the brilliant colors of this amazing little animal at birth.  Curious and agile, these little rainforest creatures inhabit the island of Madagascar. 

Hatching after an 80 day incubation period this young gecko will immediately begin to feed on both Gerber baby food (the fruity kind!) as well as hatchling crickets.

We promise this little guy will not try to sell you any insurance!!

 

 

 

 

Baby Boa UPDATE

The babies are shedding their skin at a normal rate, we are seeing one shed every 28-35 days from the babies as they are in a very rapid rate of growth.

Born September 1st       32 Baby Boa Constrictors

Baby Boa Constrictors are one of the few species of snakes that are born alive, the female retains the eggs inside her body for the full duration of her pregnancy.  Highly variable, the time from conception until birth can vary from as few as four months to as many as eight months.

Living in habitats from dense rain forest jungles to extremely arid regions of Mexico, the Boa Constrictor is one of the most adaptable of all new world species of snake.

Captive Reproduction Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus) Reproduction and Incubation Information  

Captive reproduction of the Reticulated Python has progressed significantly in the past decade.  At one time this large snake was rarely reproduced for several reasons, large size of the adults, low price and common availability of imports and potentially aggressive behavior were all reasons many individuals were commonly breeding other species of pythons.   Declining wild populations as well as a rapidly growing interest and knowledge of captive reproduction techniques have led to an explosion of both professional and novice breeding of this python species.   

Color morphs (color patterns that do not normally occur in the wild) are another reason for the explosion of captive breeding of the Reticulated Python.   Albino, Tiger Stripped, and other unusual patterns are now readily available as an alternative to the normal pattern of this python. 

Age is a more accurate factor in determining the sexual maturity of this species than is size, an aggressively fed Reticulated Python can easily reach 10-14 feet in less time than the animal will actually be sexually mature.  In fact an aggressively fed hatchling can reach 10 feet in the first year of life.  This rapid rate of growth is abnormal and may have negative health consequences for the python.  Males can be mature as young as three years of age while the female will generally not be ready to mate until her fourth year.   Attempts to bred the animals prior to maturity will often result in the female producing either no eggs or infertile eggs. 

Males should not be housed together after they reach maturity.  The male Reticulated python is known for aggressive behavior that may result in injury or death to one or both males.  Fighting can, and often does occur in adult males of this species. 

As a rule there are generally no preferences shown as to whether or not the male  is introduced to the female or vice versa.  In many instances the adults are often housed together year round, there is evidence that does point to the female being more receptive to breeding using a period of separation (six to eight weeks is a good average) and slight cooling of the animals at night. 

In general mating of the reticulated python occurs from early September through early December.   Eggs are typically laid from mid-December through mid-March.  The Reticulated python can be allowed to incubate her own eggs or the eggs can be removed to a proper incubator to ensure optimum temperature and humidity. 

On average the reticulated python eggs require 95-100 days to hatch, this is slightly longer than average for most python species. 

Eggs should be maintained at 88-91 degrees Fahrenheit with a near 100% humidity.   This is a higher average temperature than most other python species should be incubated at.  Our experience indicates that maintaining the eggs on the very high end of the scale will result in near 100% hatch rate and can shorten the incubation by several days.  Caution should be used as this species does not tolerate much fluctuation above or below the incubation range. 

The hatchlings are generally aggressive feeders.  Caution should be exercised not to overfeed this species, unnaturally overfed animals can, and often do develop medical problems.   

 

Boa Constrictor (Constrictor constrictor) Breeding and Reproductive Information

One of the most commonly kept and bred of all snakes in captivity is the Boa Constrictor.  For the purpose of the information contained in this article we are going to be addressing Boas in general.  There are many recognized species and sub species of the Boa Constrictor, almost all have roughly the same breeding and gestation habits.  If you are attempting to reproduce a specific subspecies some additional research may be required as insular species etc. do have slightly different requirements. 

In an effort to boost the retail value of offspring many pet shops, professional and amateur breeders, have overused the term "Red-tail" Boa to include virtually all species and subspecies of Constrictor constrictor.  The common, or Columbian Boa is the animal that is most often reproduced.  The common availability of these animals in the pet trade as imports as well as with professional breeders who are disposing of offspring that did not meet unique pattern or color requirements has led to the Colombian Boa being the most common of all Boas that are reproduced. For the purpose of this article we will be using specific data obtained from the successful reproduction of several clutches of Colombian boas. 

As is the case with all mating attempts, a healthy well fed male and female snake are critical to a successful mating attempt.  Age is another consideration as a Boa Constrictor can be grown to a sizable length without the required years of maturity to ensure the animal is sexually mature.  Over, or underfed, female Boa Constrictors will both have great difficulty in successfully mating, and reproducing viable offspring.  Risking the health of a female in an attempt to bred her before she is ready is not suggested. 

All Boa Constrictors are live bearers.  In general there is no need to have multiple males with this species but it is often a good idea to utilize several males in a breeding attempt until you are 100% sure the male you have is fertile and has reproduced in prior attempts.   Obvious exceptions to this rule would include using a specific male who has a desired gene pattern for the reproduction of a specific trait such as albinism etc.  On some occasions an otherwise healthy male Boa Constrictor will show no interest in reproduction.   Males are generally not known to be aggressive to each other in Boa Constrictors and can often be housed together for extended periods of time. 

The introduction of the male to the females enclosure is recommended.   A cooling period of six to eight weeks prior to mating attempts will increase the chances of a successful mating.  There have been multiple successful matings however where no cooling period was utilized.  There is currently an ongoing debate over whether or not the cooling period actually hurts the chances of a successful mating, we have had success using both methods. 

Male and Female Boa Constrictor Copulating

Boa Constrictor matings  generally occurs from mid November through late January, but this species is known to have successfully copulated in virtually all months of the year.  The gestation period for the Boa is not only difficult to gauge (long periods of copulation may last weeks) but also little understood with respect to the temperature/female weight/age of the female/??.  Some females have given birth in as little as 16 weeks while others have gone as long as 40 weeks.  On average it is widely accepted that 24 weeks is a normal gestation period for a healthy female boa. 

Temperature during gestation is critical, the range should be between 82-88 degrees.  High temperatures will produce both birth defects and deformed babies, low temperatures will yield the same results.  Humidity should be maintained at 65-85 percent. 

The newborn Boas will have a post-natal shed at about 10 days of age.  The babies will begin to feed on small mice (fuzzies and hoppers) immediately after shedding.  Baby boas are generally outstanding feeders compared to some of the more difficult species to start feeding. 

The babies should be maintained separately if possible to ensure each young animal is receiving adequate food.  By housing your baby snakes separately you have an increased chance of noting issues with both feeding as well as regurgitation, fecal concerns etc. The babies should be fed every 4-7 days.  Optimal temperature and humidity requirements are the same as for gravid females. 

 

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