Reproduction

Female Basins breed once every two years upon reaching sexual maturity at four years of age. We breed females that are in good health and at least four years of age with a body weight of at least 1,500 grams.

Nighttime temperatures in the November timeframe for both female and males are decreased from a high of 78 degrees to a low of 70 degrees in order to stimulate spermatogenesis, courting, copulation and ovulation. Our daytime highs also decrease from a high of 88 to 82 degrees through the mating process. It is important to maintain a basking spot so that your Basins have the opportunity to warm up during the day to help maintain their immune system.

Males can mature at three years of age and are periodically introduced to females for a week at a time from January through March to insure that copulation has occurred.

Ovulation occurs in the female in the February/June timeframe. Birth occurs approximately 150 days from the time of the female's post-ovulation shed. Typically the female will have between 8 and 15 live young. We use ultrasound to track follicular size and in utero embryo status.

Mary Ann and her babies

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