Field’s Viper Pseudocerastes persicus fieldi K. P. Schmidt, 1930 at the Moscow Zoo

Sergei V. Kudryavtsev, Sergei V. Mamet


Data on long-term husbandry and successful breeding of Field’s viper, Pseudocerastes persicus fieldi, a species considered difficult in captivity, is presented, complete with details of maintenance, artificial hibernation, breeding season, eggs, incubation regime and youngs.


Pseudocerastes persicus fieldi; captive breeding; Moscow Zoo

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