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Armata at it again

Postby armata » Sun May 11, 2008 3:45 pm

Nice surprise this morning, male has already mated with other female - poor fella he was being dragged around the cage backwards

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Postby armata » Sun May 11, 2008 4:18 pm

Just another view - they were coupled for just over an hour

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Postby BushSnake » Sun May 11, 2008 5:10 pm

The one he mated with this morning was probably the wife that found out he had already mated to Mrs. X. To serve him right she dragged him around backwards!

Armata, just for interest sake: how long do adders of various species usually mate? Have you (or other members) ever seen it in the wild?
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Postby armata » Sun May 11, 2008 5:55 pm

I have seen European adders (Vipera berus) coupled for up to four hours. This is followed by a period of mate-guarding which may last for several days and ensures single male paternity for that particular pair.
I have watched puffies mating for about 2 hours also on occassions with other males crawling over and around the mating pair.

I witnessed mating with armata in the wild and they were coupled for three hours with no other males present. I have also seen a female armata bite an approaching mail, quite savagely and she hung on for a second or so.
Have also seen this biting with B.caudalis and once with Vipera ammodytes.
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Sun May 11, 2008 6:20 pm

Big WOW!

Craig lifts his hat to Tony!
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Postby Rob » Sun May 11, 2008 7:19 pm

Oh wow! Ive suddenly turned a bright green. Well done Tony. Huge congrats!
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Postby arcadies » Sun May 11, 2008 10:08 pm

armata wrote:I have also seen a female armata bite an approaching mail, quite savagely and she hung on for a second or so.


What was in the mail?

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