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Disease Control in Captive Snake Collections

I am writing this because of the hoop-la and finger-pointing started on a different forum regarding infectious diseases introduced into private collection. Determining a source of infection in private reptile collections is very difficult at best. It's not like you slept with one woman (or Man) you ...
by phobos
Sun Jun 21, 2009 5:53 pm
 
Forum: Reptile Hospital
Topic: Disease Control in Captive Snake Collections
Replies: 1
Views: 348

Re: New evidence suggesting venomoiding is detrimental

Keep in mind that this is not basied on any hard scientific evidence. Just observation of staff with more than 40 years of Mamba experience. The feedback I'm getting from other forums is that immunity is not basied on the gland but encoded in DNA. However this is a rather interesting and requires mo...
by phobos
Mon May 04, 2009 12:00 pm
 
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: New evidence suggesting venomoiding is detrimental
Replies: 6
Views: 597

New evidence suggesting venomoiding is detrimental

Over the many years I've been keeping venomous snakes this single topic which causes the most controversy is that of “venomoiding”. Venomoiding is the process in which the venom glands and ducts are surgically removed, rendering the snake incapable of envenomating. Not a particularly complex bit of ...
by phobos
Sun May 03, 2009 3:45 am
 
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: New evidence suggesting venomoiding is detrimental
Replies: 6
Views: 597

Re: Death of the hobby part 2

I feel for you guys...We in the USA just beat the same type of law.

Good luck,

Al
by phobos
Sun May 03, 2009 3:41 am
 
Forum: News and Announcements
Topic: Death of the hobby part 2
Replies: 208
Views: 29646

Re: Why I never want horned adders again

I agree BV! I have one female, that I cannot breed and continue to pass on new B. caudalis that are available. She has eaten every male I paired her with, that gets expensive! Sorry for the loss of your specimens :(
by phobos
Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:51 pm
 
Forum: Active archive
Topic: Why I never want horned adders again
Replies: 20
Views: 3489

Re: Clear as Night & Day

froot wrote:To me the bottom one looks lighter but ever so slightly. Another observation I can make is that they don't move much.


Yeah, they just sit and wait. They're very calm and never miss a chance to feed, that's when you see them move.
by phobos
Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:43 pm
 
Forum: Exotic highly venomous snakes
Topic: Clear as Night & Day
Replies: 8
Views: 915

Clear as Night & Day

One cool but little know trait of Crotalus pifanorum is the it changes color intensities from day time to night time. To demonstrate I took pictures in it's bin, under the same lighting conditions, camera settings, and distance (more or less). I did not alter the photo's in any way to change color b...
by phobos
Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:44 am
 
Forum: Exotic highly venomous snakes
Topic: Clear as Night & Day
Replies: 8
Views: 915

Re: Nasty Paracite

http://www.stanford.edu/class/humbio103 ... bsite.html

It's a tongue worm (Pentastomiasis) Armillifer sp. See the above for
more than you would ever want to know about them. Their primary host is
reptiles but it can infect humans.

The brown is substrate....
by phobos
Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:36 am
 
Forum: African adders (Bitis sp.)
Topic: Nasty Paracite
Replies: 12
Views: 1389

Re: Nasty Paracite

Here's what they are.....Something that humans can contract!! YIKES!!

Thanks to Rick Hahn one of the founding members of IHS, Currently Exec. Director CZWP


http://www.stanford.edu:80/class/humbio ... bsite.html"
by phobos
Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:54 pm
 
Forum: African adders (Bitis sp.)
Topic: Nasty Paracite
Replies: 12
Views: 1389

Nasty Paracite

An adult WC EA Gaboon hocked this beauty up... I looked through every refecence book I have and can't identify it...I will send the picture to Dr. Jacobson on Monday. The Gaboon was under treatment for Tape worms, I guess they didn't like the Pancur either...LOL Please note it seems to be filled wit...
by phobos
Sun Sep 28, 2008 5:29 pm
 
Forum: African adders (Bitis sp.)
Topic: Nasty Paracite
Replies: 12
Views: 1389

Re: Two Down, one to go...

Hi BV: The two that I speak of is: 1) got them to court. 2) got them to copulate 3) and lastly her giving birth...that all three of the "basic" steps to sucessful captive breeding of this species, if they were Oviparus them there would be four, get the eggs to hatch. Captive care for this ...
by phobos
Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:04 pm
 
Forum: African adders (Bitis sp.)
Topic: Two Down, one to go...
Replies: 9
Views: 1363

Two Down, one to go...

First ever documented captive courtship and copulation (as far as I know) of Bitis parviocula. They have been courting since 23 August but this is the first "Hook-up" I've seen. I think tropical storm Hanna triggered copulation, just a guess. Now she has to give birth in the spring to make...
by phobos
Sat Sep 06, 2008 8:30 pm
 
Forum: African adders (Bitis sp.)
Topic: Two Down, one to go...
Replies: 9
Views: 1363

2009 Calendar Available

My 2009 Calendar is here. (See link below) I will start shipping Sepember 15th. $20.00 each including Priority shipping for domestic sales, $26.00 USD for International Priority. http://www.deadlybeautiful.com/gallery/5537297_rSgyf#361525479_qcwWT Paypal to: deadlybeautiful@comcast.net or mail a che...
by phobos
Sat Aug 30, 2008 2:29 am
 
Forum: News and Announcements
Topic: 2009 Calendar Available
Replies: 0
Views: 381

WW is doing DNA on the Bitis group to see what really is going on in the Genus. I'm supplying samples of what I have to him to be included in his work.

I'll check out his tail....as far as I knew it was ok...maybe just the angle...

Al
by phobos
Thu May 22, 2008 9:46 pm
 
Forum: African adders (Bitis sp.)
Topic: Eating Machines [B. parviocula]
Replies: 6
Views: 1136

Eating Machines [B. parviocula]

One of the adult B. parviocula males chowing down a chick while opaque. This species love to eat anything anytime.

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by phobos
Wed May 21, 2008 9:01 pm
 
Forum: African adders (Bitis sp.)
Topic: Eating Machines [B. parviocula]
Replies: 6
Views: 1136
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