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Horned adder (Bitis caudalis) photos

Postby Rob » Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:45 am

Does anyone have any photos of Zimbabwe or Botswana Horned adders?
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Re: Horned adder (Bitis caudalis) photos

Postby Rob » Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:54 am

Whilst we are at it, any pics of Zimbabwean Berg adders (Bitis atropos)?
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Re: Horned adder (Bitis caudalis) photos

Postby gaboon69 » Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:10 am

Hi Mr. Rob. I know Vogel & Dobiey's Venomous Snakes of Africa has a photo of a Botswana caudalis. There is an interesting story behind that specific population. Perhaps with Mike's permission I can send u the scanned image. I have seen Chimanimani atropos fotos I think. Will scratch in the archives.
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Re: Horned adder (Bitis caudalis) photos

Postby Bushviper » Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:19 am

I had a specimen (B. caudalis) from Zimbabwe and am sure I took photos of it. I will go look for it.
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Re: Horned adder (Bitis caudalis) photos

Postby Rob » Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:27 am

Gaboon - I do know the pic and have the book. Thanks for the offer. Im curious to know if there are any other pics floating around.
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Re: Horned adder (Bitis caudalis) photos

Postby Adriaan » Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:42 am

I've got photos of B.caudalis from Limpopo about 15km from the Pondrift border of Botswana, but they still look pretty much like the normal Limpopo variety. I'll post the photos when I get back home.
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Re: Horned adder (Bitis caudalis) photos

Postby armata » Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:01 pm

I have a photo of a Zimbabwe atropos in my book!
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Re: Horned adder (Bitis caudalis) photos

Postby Rob » Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:14 pm

Thanks Adriaan

Tony - I guess Ill buy the book then ;) I had a feeling you would come through on this one.
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Re: Horned adder (Bitis caudalis) photos

Postby JPWittstock » Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:28 pm

Rob,
You can stop hinting ,we can go to Zim and get some pictures then. Lol
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Re: Horned adder (Bitis caudalis) photos

Postby Rob » Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:53 pm

Well JP in actual fact Im up here now and was just wondering what I should be looking for ;)
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Re: Horned adder (Bitis caudalis) photos

Postby JPWittstock » Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:10 pm

Short thick bodied snake with small horns above it eyes. You of all people should know that... :D
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Re: Horned adder (Bitis caudalis) photos

Postby Rob » Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:02 pm

Are they white and red? Ive released a bunch already. Damn!
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Re: Horned adder (Bitis caudalis) photos

Postby Cradle of life » Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:30 pm

Rob wrote:Are they white and red? Ive released a bunch already. Damn!


No they should be beige and blue or brown and blue :D
Where in Zimbabwe are you talking about? If the south then there are a few picks of the messina ones here on the forum :idea:
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Re: Horned adder (Bitis caudalis) photos

Postby armata » Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:40 pm

B.atropos is being revised, and it seems that the Zim ones are something different and also the Mpumalanga ones, which will probley be described as B.unicolor sometime soon. (The available name after Fitzsimons, 1959).
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Re: Horned adder (Bitis caudalis) photos

Postby gaboon69 » Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:13 pm

Yes. Other proposed describtions include B. montanus and B. atropos. I prefer the classic atropos :)
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