Questions About Breeding Diamond Pythons

Captive care and husbandry discussions.

Moderator: Scott Waters

Post Reply
User avatar
Berkeley Boone
Posts: 878
Joined: June 8th, 2010, 3:02 am

Questions About Breeding Diamond Pythons

Post by Berkeley Boone » November 4th, 2015, 12:40 pm

Does anyone have any experience breeding Diamonds? I have an opportunity to acquire up to a pair of diamonds, in addition to the pair that I already have.

Ideally, I would get the new 1.1 pair, but our finances are fairly limited and most likely I will not be able to do that. So, my question is, should I get the extra male or the extra female?

I have found in my reading that male-to-male combat is a good thing with the Morelia complex, but I have also heard that it is not required, or even necessary, to have successful reproduction with the diamonds. Can anyone verify this? Or refute it?

Thoughts? Anecdotes? Experience?

--Berkeley

User avatar
Joseph S.
Posts: 540
Joined: June 11th, 2010, 4:21 pm

Re: Questions About Breeding Diamond Pythons

Post by Joseph S. » November 4th, 2015, 12:42 pm

Wacky idea-but if male-male combat is needed you could always borrow a friends Morelia of sorts-get your diamond riled up...and then plop him in with the female.

I think the extra male would be nice insurance if one male is shooting blanks, however.

User avatar
Berkeley Boone
Posts: 878
Joined: June 8th, 2010, 3:02 am

Re: Questions About Breeding Diamond Pythons

Post by Berkeley Boone » November 4th, 2015, 8:09 pm

That is a good thought, Joseph! I like your thinking. Hadn't even considered using the 'substitute' method.

Interesting point on the extra insurance against blanks too.

Thanks for the input. I'll be curious to see what others have to say as well.
--Berkeley

User avatar
jayder85
Posts: 369
Joined: January 1st, 2012, 7:14 am
Location: Pike County KY
Contact:

Re: Questions About Breeding Diamond Pythons

Post by jayder85 » February 8th, 2016, 2:46 pm

By the same token, a backup female is always handy if one female only produces slugs, small and poor babies, etc.

User avatar
Berkeley Boone
Posts: 878
Joined: June 8th, 2010, 3:02 am

Re: Questions About Breeding Diamond Pythons

Post by Berkeley Boone » February 10th, 2016, 5:31 am

True- good point, Jayd.

The potential acquisition of another pair that I mentioned in the original post fell through, but I have been entertaining the idea of picking up another female anyway so that I can give my original female a year in between breedings once I get them going.

After talking with some other diamond breeders, extra males are largely unnecessary (for combat/breeding stimulation) though as Joe mentioned it would be good to have for insurance against blanks-shooting.....

--Berkeley

Post Reply