Gestation in Bitis arietans

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Gestation in Bitis arietans

Postby horridumangeli » Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:44 am

Hi everyone,
Can gestation in a female puff adder last over six months ? I have an animal that i thought to be gravid but after six months nothing. Shes only eaten three times in six months and she is still huge. The animal is not sick and is acting normal. Any comments would be appreciated.
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Re: Gestation in Bitis arietans

Postby charl.dbn » Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:30 am

im sure that they can hold sperm in their bodies for quite some time, i have a friend who caught a night adder in march last year, kept her all by herself and the night adder dropped eggs in november..as for gestation on bitis arietans ,im not to sure but we have some knowledgeable guys and girls on here that will help you out asap..
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Re: Gestation in Bitis arietans

Postby shneaky » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:45 am

Thanks Charl.dbn, that is correct about the night adder, in fact, she was caught while mating which confirms that she held the sperm. She never lost weight either, and did not each much so you may still have hope. i placed a nesting box when she started looking like she had bulges and after about a month she laid 20 perfect eggs that all hatched.

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Re: Gestation in Bitis arietans

Postby Bushviper » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:00 am

Bitis arietans can seem to go forever before dropping babies. Usually in the northern part of the country they have dropped by now and in the winter rainfall areas they drop babies just before hibernation.
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Re: Gestation in Bitis arietans

Postby FALCONER » Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:11 pm

Although Bitis Nasicornis is not quite the same this should give you an idea. My adult pair from Uganda was obtained at roughly one year of age and mated last year during Feb and again early Apr 2010 being just over two years old. The male and female are feeding every 9 days and after the third nine day cycle both are not fed for 18 days. The female got bigger all the time, but I ascribed this to normal growth although she had only shed once since March 2010. To my surprise she gave birth on 6 January 2011, which is a gestation period of nine months. So, hang in there and good luck.
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Re: Gestation in Bitis arietans

Postby Clive b » Fri May 31, 2013 12:20 pm

Just a question on the breeding times of puff adders.

If they give birth at the diffferent times, then we can safely assume they mate at different times.

The northern more puffs normally mate around August
When would the souther and Kzn puffs mate ?

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Re: Gestation in Bitis arietans

Postby Clive b » Fri May 31, 2013 12:28 pm

Or are the gestation periods just longer?
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Re: Gestation in Bitis arietans

Postby Bushviper » Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:16 pm

Yes the mate different times. My puff adders are busy mating at the moment.
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Re: Gestation in Bitis arietans

Postby GraemeEC » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:38 pm

The gestation period for a puff adder is around 177day from mating to giving birth,if keep in the temperature range og 25'C- 32'C.This is purely from my breeding centre records of the puff adders I keep and breed.Hope this helps.
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