Assisted Reproduction in Snakes

Snake Project

Using the common corn snake as a model, researchers in the Reproductive Sciences Department were the first to ever report the successful birth of corn snake offspring of proven parentage using both fresh semen and semen cooled for three days prior to artificial insemination.  The goal of this research is to develop successful methods for artificial insemination using fresh, cooled or frozen/thawed sperm for critically endangered snake species such as the Jamaican boa.