Do Snakes Go Into Heat?

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Ever wondered if snakes go into heat? Well the answer is both yes and no. It all depends on the species of snake. Some snakes like garter snakes will go into breeding conditions or estrus only once a year. Other snakes like king snakes may go into estrus multiple times throughout the year.

So do snakes go into heat? Let’s take a closer look.

What Is Estrus?

Estrus is the period of time when a female animal is receptive to mating. For snakes this usually occurs during the spring and summer months. But as we said it depends on the species of snake.

During estrus the female snake’s body will start to produce eggs. In order for the eggs to be fertilized she will need to mate with a male snake. If she does not mate the eggs will not be fertilized and she will not be able to produce offspring.

Signs That A Snake Is In Estrus

There are a few signs that you can look for to tell if a snake is in estrus.

The first sign is an increase in body temperature. The female snake’s body temperature will rise a few degrees above the ambient temperature. For example if the room temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit the female snake’s body temperature will be 72 or 73 degrees Fahrenheit.

The second sign is an increase in activity. The female snake will be more active during estrus. She may move around more bask in the sun more and be more alert.

The third sign is an increase in aggression. The female snake may be more aggressive during estrus. She may strike more coil more and hiss more.

The fourth sign is an increase in appetite. The female snake may eat more during estrus. She may also be more interested in food and strike at her food more.

The fifth sign is an increase in mating behavior. The female snake may start to rub against objects more coil around objects more and lift her tail more. She may also start to produce a mating call which is a high-pitched noise.

If you see any of these signs it is likely that the snake is in estrus.

What Happens After A Snake Mates?

After the female snake mates she will stop producing eggs. The eggs will then travel down her oviducts and into her uterus. There they will be fertilized by the sperm from the male snake.

The fertilized eggs will then continue to develop inside the female snake’s body. After a few months the eggs will hatch inside the female snake. The baby snakes called neonates will then be born alive.

Do All Snakes Go Into Heat?

As we mentioned earlier not all snakes go into heat. Some snakes like garter snakes will only go into estrus once a year. Other snakes like king snakes may go into estrus multiple times throughout the year.

Some snakes like pythons will only go into estrus when they are ready to mate. They do not have a regular breeding season.

Can You Tell If A Snake Is In Heat?

Yes there are a few signs that you can look for to tell if a snake is in estrus. The first sign is an increase in body temperature. The female snake’s body temperature will rise a few degrees above the ambient temperature.

The second sign is an increase in activity. The female snake will be more active during estrus. She may move around more bask in the sun more and be more alert.

The third sign is an increase in aggression. The female snake may be more aggressive during estrus. She may strike more coil more and hiss more.

The fourth sign is an increase in appetite. The female snake may eat more during estrus. She may also be more interested in food and strike at her food more.

The fifth sign is an increase in mating behavior. The female snake may start to rub against objects more coil around objects more and lift her tail more. She may also start to produce a mating call which is a high-pitched noise.

If you see any of these signs it is likely that the snake is in estrus.