Bitis caudalis and cornuta

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Re: Bitis caudalis and cornuta

Postby Rob » Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:12 am

Is B. r. rudolfi gonna make an appearance this year?

BV - How did that single baby do?
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Re: Bitis caudalis and cornuta

Postby Serpy » Fri Dec 19, 2008 1:39 pm

I've found this topic very interesting!! awesome stuff guys :)
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Re: Bitis caudalis and cornuta

Postby Bushviper » Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:41 pm

Rob that little guy did well till two weeks ago when he ate, regurgitated and died. This year when the female drops babies I am going to get rid of them before they even dry off. I have bad luck with baby horned adders.
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Re: Bitis caudalis and cornuta

Postby Serpy » Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:02 pm

Remember i'm still just around the corner :)
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Re: Bitis caudalis and cornuta

Postby xerophak » Thu Dec 25, 2008 7:08 pm

this is spècial post for me LOLLOLO
here pics my cornuta and caudalis

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Re: Bitis caudalis and cornuta

Postby Bushviper » Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:50 am

Those are very nice. The B. caudalis are from Namaqualand.
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Re: Bitis caudalis and cornuta

Postby Rob » Thu Jul 16, 2009 12:26 pm

Anybody have any dwarf Bitis breeding on the cards?
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Re: Bitis caudalis and cornuta

Postby Pythonodipsas » Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:29 pm

Bitis worthingtoni are not really classed as dwarf Bitis but they are 'dwarfish' and this girl should drop babies in summer. She is very heavy and hardly touches food anymore.

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Also had mating activity with cornutas but didn't see pink - although the females are getting heavier.

excuse the blurry pic!
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Re: Bitis caudalis and cornuta

Postby fredsmith » Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:37 pm

Wow. Every single day I find something more facinating in the reptile realm.
This post has been an awesome read, with some amazing pictures.
Thanks to all for sharing.
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Re: Bitis caudalis and cornuta

Postby Rob » Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:39 pm

Its not good news until there are healthy babies born.I dont count neonates until they...born :) Til then its just news
Ive observed mating (Seen pink ;)) between my Luderitz cornuta pair (once), Namaqua cornuta pair (about 20 times) and atropos pair (once)
Im holding all appendages.

Craig your Luderitz cornuta are looking excellent, lets hope.
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Postby gaboon69 » Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:35 am

Bushviper wrote:This one is actually a very pretty one from just west of Pretoria. They are usually rather ugly. Their locality within the suburbs of Pretoria have been urbanised and they are probably extinct in this locality.

Unfortunately I never recorded where this specimen came from and I have a suspicion it was also from the northern part of the Limpopo province.

I went through the archives and saw this again.

You are right with regards to rocky ridge caudalis being extinct in the restricted region with its unusual habitat.
I have herped the remains of the habitat looking for mtDNA numerous times without results.
Another sympatric species which is rapidly dissapearing from the area is Cordylus vittifer.
You just dont see them at all.
Unlike Pacydactylus affinis, only a single specimen was found on the many trips.

This is rather tragic really as the habitat has become home to hobos and squatters, or as you said rapid urbanization.
Tswane municipality's attempt to fence off the last remaining ridge habitat has failed as there are numerous access points which are made use of by the homeless and trespassers.
During one of the outings I actually found a hobo's Hustler magazine. I had tweezers to turn the pages with at least ;)
We are putting our hopes on a small area which resides on a guarded and fenced off mining property but the habitat around the fenced off area is also completely gone.

With regards to the last photo. It may very well pass as a ridge caudalis with the grey colour. An archived photo resembled it rather closely.

Thanks again for the advice and input around the small survey.
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Re: Bitis caudalis and cornuta

Postby Superciliaris » Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:32 pm

Heres a locality coloration picture for Limpopo B.caudalis , Hows the red and blue specimen .... Amazing !!

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Re: Bitis caudalis and cornuta

Postby Superciliaris » Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:34 pm

There something really different about that red one , looks HYPO ??
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Re: Bitis caudalis and cornuta

Postby BushSnake » Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:49 pm

I've seen photos of similar red with blue ones from Namibia. How sure are you that that specimen is from Limpopo? The reddish colouration does not fit in with the Limpopo habitat at all, so my guess would be that that specimen is actually from the Northern Cape or possibly from Namibia.
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Re: Bitis caudalis and cornuta

Postby Rob » Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:13 pm

The pattern looks like Limpopo but the colour looks Northern Cape. Could well be a hypo type specimen if indeed the locality is confirmed to be Limpopo.
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