Bitis cornuta's breeding

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Postby Bushviper » Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:39 am

Phobos I think that in the large adders it is an accidental feeding response. I have 3 B. rhinceros and 5 B. nasicornis in one cage and no problems to date.I suppose if I only had one of each then they would kill each other. You know how Murphys law works.

The small bitis are all lizard feeders and I think many of the strikes are instinctive thinking the bit they can see is a lizard.

Small female Horned adders are just grumpy things and like killing and often eating the males.
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Postby Alan Hyde » Sun Nov 11, 2007 12:18 pm

Mornin' BV

That's good news and answers my question. In that case I shall build my large enclosures and go ahead as planned. The Gaboon at Poole Serpentarium was bitten through feeding response btw.
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Postby armata » Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:09 pm

My M&F puffs have got along fine no problems.
The yesterday morning I saw blood smeared over the bottom of the cage.
I took both out and examined them. At first I could not see any wounds only blood on the ventrals of both where they had crawled through it in the cage.

I then looked more closely and say two fang marks on the top of the male's head.

He seems fine, both were fed a week ago so don't know why this happened. Right now they are happily basking together. I will keep a close eye on them, the female is a cow (to me) but has always been OK with the male up to now.
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Postby Alan Hyde » Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:04 pm

Hmmmm, so another bitis bites the cage mate, i'm changing my mind again now. Think i'll keep all mine seperate
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Postby Alan Hyde » Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:08 pm

Oh forgot to ask you Tony, you know a fair bit about basking habits don't you. For the first time in 18 months my male ghana nasicornis has been basking out in roughly a straight line. All the time i've had him since being a neonate he's basked curlled with head out in ambush mode , what does this sudden shift in position mean, if anything?
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Postby armata » Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:22 pm

Is he digesting?
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Postby Alan Hyde » Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:38 pm

Well, he had a half grown rat about 5 days ago
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Postby gino » Sun Nov 11, 2007 8:48 pm

My Puff Adders live together no problem at all ***Touch Wood***
The big one also likes to lay in a straight line under the basking spot for a few days after he ate (only if i feed him BIG rats :) )
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Postby Alan Hyde » Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:04 am

Thanks Gino,

Well I suppose in comparison to what I normaly feed him this rat was large.
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