Lamprophis capensis - Kimberley

Lamprophis capensis - Kimberley

Postby Mongoose » Sun Aug 03, 2008 3:46 pm

Here is a Lamprophis capensis from Kimberley. Not a bad size for the region neither.

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Re: Lamprophis capensis - Kimberley

Postby jka » Sun Aug 03, 2008 5:20 pm

Awesome find, I prefer the "patternless phase" they look much better than some of the patterned house snakes.
What is your thoughts about the influence the locality has on the pattern of brown house snakes?
I find it interesting that some house snakes looks from different provinces looks different.
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Re: Lamprophis capensis - Kimberley

Postby Mongoose » Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:55 pm

All around Kimberley it is pretty sandy, as you can see in the pics, and I have seen a few specimens that almost class as the "goggle eyes" around here. They are all pretty much this colour around here, although some of them are rather unusual and have short stubby tails. I've only seen a handfull that were bigger than 50cm. They remain rather small over here too.
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Re: Lamprophis capensis - Kimberley

Postby Bushviper » Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:38 am

The goggle eyes are not as pronounced as further north yet. At what length do they start breeding?
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Re: Lamprophis capensis - Kimberley

Postby Mongoose » Mon Aug 04, 2008 4:50 pm

I have never found any gravid females from Kimberley, nor tried to bred them so I'm not exactly sure. My guess would be from about 50cm as you can see they are mature. They don't have the young snake look anymore and are nice and bulky.
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Re: Lamprophis capensis - Kimberley

Postby Bushviper » Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:42 pm

Possibly you should try keeping these alive and then you will find out a bit more about them. You can pickle them when they die and still have a specimen. That way you find out more about their natural history than just their morphology.
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Re: Lamprophis capensis - Kimberley

Postby jka » Mon Aug 04, 2008 6:01 pm

What about the Natal locality and the ones from Gauteng, how does their coloration and size vary and what do you think influences this?
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Re: Lamprophis capensis - Kimberley

Postby Durban Keeper » Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:22 pm

I think the snake has really awesome eyes. very unusual....
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Re: Lamprophis capensis - Kimberley

Postby Fooble » Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:54 pm

I think there should be a topic on house snake locality photo's?
Any one got a few BHS pictures with know localities?
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Re: Lamprophis capensis - Kimberley

Postby BushSnake » Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:01 pm

I've got a few pics with known localities, but you can start the thread... ;)
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