Here is one of a pair of East African gaboons...

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Here is one of a pair of East African gaboons...

Postby Gregg Madden » Tue Jun 26, 2007 1:36 pm

Picked the beauties up last week... There are not many East African gaboons here in the states compared to West African gaboons...

Heres a cool picture...

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Postby Mitton » Tue Jun 26, 2007 1:49 pm

That is a great pic, really pretty snake.
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Postby Bushbaby » Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:17 pm

Darn!! How did we miss this post??

That is such a cute pic! It reminds me of mine when they were babies.
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Postby Q Ball » Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:13 pm

Wow man, I am green with envy.
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Postby Boadicea » Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:30 pm

Are the East African gaboons readily available in SA?
I like them more than the West African ones but so far have only seen the West African babies around.
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Postby mm069 » Tue Jun 26, 2007 5:06 pm

not really, they are indigenous firstly, secondly they are a protected species. I don't think it would be easy to get a permit for one, which is a bit unfortunate.
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Postby Nasicornis » Tue Jun 26, 2007 7:56 pm

Really pretty.
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:02 pm

So sweet!
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Postby dave » Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:08 pm

she's a nice one :cool:
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Postby mania » Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:25 pm

Awesome little fellow
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Postby Toxic_Poison » Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:18 am

WOW thats a real beauty :)
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Postby Bushviper » Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:01 am

Gregg those are really sweet babies you have. I assumed you already had some because of your interest in the large Bitis. I am sure they will do well with you.

Both Eastern and western gaboons are available as captive breds in South Africa but due to the high demand the prices are just as high. If I am not mistaken there are a number of each type available at the moment.

Be aware that wild caught large Bitis which have not gone through a recognised quarantine process and have no feeding schedules to speak of are probably going to be far riskier than legally imported and quarantined ones. Some of the recent ones I have seen looked rather dodgy and had sores on them. As the saying goes let the buyer beware. It is not too much to ask for certification of where they came from. Any legal importer will show you copies of the import permits or a breeder will offer proof of where they were bred.
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Postby mm069 » Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:32 am

I have a question about these East African Gaboons, if they are imported or captive bred, can they be kept legally without a permit? Wouldn't you just need to be able to prove it's origin?
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Postby Bushviper » Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:38 am

The bunch of East African gaboons that I know of are all captive born and are legal. In Gauteng you would need a permit for them but this should be a mere fomality.

The breeder would give you a permit stating that they are legal or else you cannot get animport/transport or keeping permit in any case.
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Postby mm069 » Wed Jun 27, 2007 11:08 am

Ok, that makes sense. THanks!
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