Bitis atropos (Berg Adder)

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Bitis atropos (Berg Adder)

Postby NAJA » Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:53 pm

Hi All!

After i came home from work today i went into my snake room and saw a small berg adder in an enclosure that it was not supposed to be in. It took me a while to realize that my first female must have dropped. I eagearly looked through the tub to find a total of 4 babies.

Unfortunately 1 of the babies was dead but the 3 live ones makes up for that. All babies have now been setup in seperate enclosures.

The funny thing is that this is one of the females which i was not expecting to drop yet, so one can say that it was a very plesant suprise.

Pics will be posted at a later stage. (Edit : Added one picture for you. BV)
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Re: Bitis atropos (Berg Adder)

Postby Mongoose » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:24 pm

Post pics yes, you don't have a 105VR macro for no reason. You have to put it to good use.
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Re: Bitis atropos (Berg Adder)

Postby EkSkynHeilig » Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:14 pm

Congrats!!
I'm soo excited for you..
Can't wait for the photos.

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Re: Bitis atropos (Berg Adder)

Postby Loslappie » Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:03 am

Well done! Pleasent surprise indeed!!
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Re: Bitis atropos (Berg Adder)

Postby Bushviper » Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:36 am

Lets hold thumbs for the other females too. These must be the easiest small adders to keep and breed as long as you do not over feed them.
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Re: Bitis atropos (Berg Adder)

Postby Bushbaby » Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:58 am

Congrats!! They're stunning.
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Re: Bitis atropos (Berg Adder)

Postby Alan Hyde » Fri Nov 07, 2008 1:38 pm

Wow! What a fantastic surprise :) I'm really pleased for you, and jealous I must admit
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Re: Bitis atropos (Berg Adder)

Postby swazi » Fri Nov 07, 2008 5:02 pm

Jealous? Who's would be jealous?? :smt019 Only been trying to find them for aaaaages.
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Re: Bitis atropos (Berg Adder)

Postby Mongoose » Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:37 pm

I'm with you on that one Swazi, been looking for ages. I've been to areas where they do occur 9 times in the past 5 months and have had no success. Monday will be my tenth time. I've heard there are places you can go to that are guaranteed, but don't know of such a place yet.
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Re: Bitis atropos (Berg Adder)

Postby Bushviper » Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:54 pm

Mongoose then you will hate this picture. This was taken a few years ago (1980's) when 4 school kids went to a certain mountain for a weekend and brought home this container. I managed to get a single picture but could not get all of them in the shot.

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If I am not mistaken there were 28 snakes in the container. Most were eventually returned and others I know are still in captivity today. Many were gravid and some that were confiscated gave birth in captivity. The babies and the mothers were killed and bottled. The others were returned to nearby mountains.

I have been to this same mountain and have found others since then (one or two at a time). Obviously I never removed any because this mountain will need many more years to recover. Recently I know of people who went there on 3 different occassions but found nothing. Possibly the entire population was destroyed.

Swazi they are supposed to occur in Swaziland too. I have aso found some just as you drive out of Barberton.
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Re: Bitis atropos (Berg Adder)

Postby Rob » Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:08 pm

None of these look red as some Mpumalanga ones do. Some incredibly patterned ones though. Seen this pic before and still love it.
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Re: Bitis atropos (Berg Adder)

Postby armata » Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:30 pm

I have found DOR berg adders nr Barbeton, so must be near you Swazi??
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Re: Bitis atropos (Berg Adder)

Postby Mongoose » Sat Nov 08, 2008 8:07 pm

I have seen that pic before and still impressed! Can unicolor phase be born from the patterned ones, like banded snouted cobras?
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Re: Bitis atropos (Berg Adder)

Postby drummer » Sat Nov 08, 2008 10:52 pm

Goose, I think those ones pictured are the proposed "unicolor". But atropos are variable even in the same location as can be seen in the picture.
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Re: Bitis atropos (Berg Adder)

Postby steve » Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:04 pm

that pic almost doesnt seem real to me.
its such a shame that all these animals were removed from thier natural enviroment.
this type of mass collection thing probibley happens pretty often, with all kinds of species, more often then we would all like to think. i some times wonder why animals like this are more available overseas then they are here, and nobody can say all the animals overseas are all CB, this would be untrure. pretty sad.
anyway AWESOME seuprize dude, good luck and all the best with the babies. cheers
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