Birth of Bitis cornuta (Many Horned Adder) babies - 13 Feb 2

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Birth of Bitis cornuta (Many Horned Adder) babies - 13 Feb 2

Postby Pythonodipsas » Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:25 am

Coffee tastes so much better on a Saturday morning when you see this.
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Technically these are not indigenous as the parents came from Luderitz, Namibia but many folks would class them as indigenous, so I put them in the indigenous section.

I'm not sure how long gestation was because I never saw mating besides a little jerky dance from the male now and then. She has been carrying a noticeable weight for at least 3 months so gestation was over 3 months.

5 living and 2 still born so far. There may be another 1 or 2 yet to be born.

It has been a dream for decades to breed these and it finally happened. I am beyond happy!

Mother with babies
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Sire
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Hanging with dad
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Re: Birth of Bitis cornuta (Many Horned Adder) babies - 13 Feb 2

Postby levi_20 » Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:38 am

Wow those are so cool!
All the best with them.
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Re: Birth of Bitis cornuta (Many Horned Adder) babies - 13 Feb 2

Postby ryanvinnroyal » Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:06 am

wicked cool dude you must be over the moon man.......send pics after they shed..
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Re: Birth of Bitis cornuta (Many Horned Adder) babies - 13 Feb 2

Postby shamroth » Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:26 am

Between you and rob you're making me exceptionally jealous!
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Re: Birth of Bitis cornuta (Many Horned Adder) babies - 13 Feb 2

Postby Mamba no 5 » Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:32 am

Congratulations!!!
Sorry about the stillborns though.
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Re: Birth of Bitis cornuta (Many Horned Adder) babies - 13 Feb 2

Postby Pythonodipsas » Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:54 am

Thanks for the comments everyone.

The mother is trying to push one more baby out. I'm standing there, camera ready, for minutes on end whilst she does her squeezing motions. Shame she looks exhausted. I hope she drops it soon and I hope its alive....
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Re: Birth of Bitis cornuta (Many Horned Adder) babies - 13 Feb 2

Postby JPWittstock » Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:10 am

You guys on the South Coast are putting some viagra in the water I see.
Is it not very late in the season for them to be dropping?

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Re: Birth of Bitis cornuta (Many Horned Adder) babies - 13 Feb 2

Postby Bushviper » Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:13 am

Nice going. Now for the barrage of people who are suddenly your best friend and want to know how much for a pair of babies. Lets hope she still drops one or two more.
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Re: Birth of Bitis cornuta (Many Horned Adder) babies - 13 Feb 2

Postby Mitton » Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:20 am

Congrats, all the best with them.
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Re: Birth of Bitis cornuta (Many Horned Adder) babies - 13 Feb 2

Postby rolandslf » Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:22 pm

Well Done Craig.
I am afraid we are going to have to ban you or something :lol:

You continue to make us look like mere mortals :-D
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Re: Birth of Bitis cornuta (Many Horned Adder) babies - 13 Feb 2

Postby steve » Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:53 pm

Nice going Craig!
Setting the standards once again.
Keep up the good work.
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Re: Birth of Bitis cornuta (Many Horned Adder) babies - 13 Feb 2

Postby Pythonodipsas » Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:36 pm

Thanks for the great comments everyone!


The female is still struggling to bear the last baby (or afterbirth?). Every few minutes she goes through contractions and tries to squeeze. Then she rests a few minutes. A few minutes ago i tubed her and tried to help by palpation and massage and nothing came of it. I have decided to stop messing with nature and just let her be.
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Re: Birth of Bitis cornuta (Many Horned Adder) babies - 13 Feb 2

Postby hissing roach » Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:53 pm

Warren is probably sad he was a few days to early to see these babies! Congrats!
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Re: Birth of Bitis cornuta (Many Horned Adder) babies - 13 Feb 2

Postby fredsmith » Sat Feb 13, 2010 3:00 pm

They're so awesome, congrats.
Best of luck further.
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Re: Birth of Bitis cornuta (Many Horned Adder) babies - 13 Feb 2

Postby marc bt » Sat Feb 13, 2010 4:00 pm

Craig!! Dude you making me really really jealous! You must be over the moon with this season.
Well done Sir!
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