since when? 1,8m gaboon

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since when? 1,8m gaboon

Postby EkSkynHeilig » Wed May 21, 2008 9:40 pm

got this from a site today :

Moet ook nie lol met die koningspofadder (Bitis gabonica, Engels: Gaboon adder) nie. Met sy lengte van meer as 1,80 meter het hierdie grootste adder in Afrika yslike byters van tot sowat 5 cm lank.


http://www.mieliestronk.com/slang.html

since when will the gabby reach 1,8m??
in johan marais's book : a complete guide to the snakes of southern africa, at the gaboon adder, there is said:
adults average 90-120cm in southern africa"


and at the puff adder:
adults average 90cm in south africa, but may reach 1,4m. in kenya specimens of over 1,8m have been recorded, making this Africa's largest adder"


anybody have pics of a 1,8m gabby? i'd love to see that
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Postby rabolongo » Wed May 21, 2008 9:52 pm

Wow!!!

Well nothing is impossible. (Especially when drunk or smoking something)lol But will bloody hell like to see that Gabby
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Postby EkSkynHeilig » Wed May 21, 2008 10:16 pm

I really hate it when some webpages, don't do enough research, and gives through wrong facts!
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Postby Moreliahunter » Thu May 22, 2008 12:19 am

Its the north African one they get mixed up with.
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Postby dendroaspis » Thu May 22, 2008 6:57 am

As Moreliahunter stated, north African Gaboons.
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Postby damiensharjah » Thu May 22, 2008 7:38 am

Gaboons in North Africa?
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Postby dendroaspis » Thu May 22, 2008 8:01 am

Semantics.

Further north than Southern Africa.
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Postby dendroaspis » Thu May 22, 2008 8:05 am

Adults average 122–152 cm in length with a maximum of 205 cm for a specimen collected in Sierra Leone.
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Postby BushSnake » Thu May 22, 2008 8:50 am

Gaboons in North Africa?


Yes, they are common in the Sahara. It's just ... they look more like sand there ;)
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Postby Bushviper » Thu May 22, 2008 10:03 am

I have seen huge Puffies, Gaboons and Eastern diamond backs with a guy who fed them euthanased cats!

The Puff adders were from East African stock and were massive but really dull looking. I think the "gaboons" might have been Butterfly vipers (B. rhinocerus). All three these species were around the 1.8 metre mark with heads bigger than my hands. They hissed like steam trains and I dont think anyone was going to hold them down to measure them.
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Postby armata » Thu May 22, 2008 10:18 am

Pitman, 'A Guide to the Snakes of Uganda' gives examples of large Gaboons - Busoga and Mabira Forest 6ft (1829mm) another exceeding 6ft Kwagwe, dried skin measured more than 8ft (2438mm).
These would be Bitis gabonica.

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Postby Bushviper » Thu May 22, 2008 10:21 am

Largest armata 1.85m Oudtshoorn
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Postby Nasicornis » Thu May 22, 2008 1:44 pm

Butterfly vipers (B. rhinocerus).


I am confused now, wasn't Butterfly reserved for B nasicornis?

Anyway, my male B rhinocerous measured at 151cm lat time I checked and I would also think that B rhinocerous get alot bigger than B gabonica. My adult B gabonica female is about 126cm now.
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Postby Serpy » Thu May 22, 2008 1:58 pm

I'm also confused about butterfly viper now..
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Postby Bushbaby » Thu May 22, 2008 2:16 pm

Nasicornis wrote:
Butterfly vipers (B. rhinocerus).


I am confused now, wasn't Butterfly reserved for B nasicornis?

Anyway, my male B rhinocerous measured at 151cm lat time I checked and I would also think that B rhinocerous get alot bigger than B gabonica. My adult B gabonica female is about 126cm now.


Butterfyl viper or river jack would be a B nasicornis.
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