Macrovipera schweizeri

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Macrovipera schweizeri

Postby Vipernhunter » Sun Nov 29, 2009 12:36 am

Here one rarely spezie of a red macro viper. This about 90 cm long viper lives on small islands in Greece. Their poison is strong. Biotope is drying and stony. Hot summers and mild winters there are there.
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Re: Macrovipera schweizeri

Postby gaboon69 » Sun Nov 29, 2009 2:07 am

I like the red and grey ones.
I believe C. Radspieler bred these on more than one occasion.
Red and grey parents should produce red babies.
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Re: Macrovipera schweizeri

Postby Vipernhunter » Sun Nov 29, 2009 11:31 am

I have only red adults. The babies from my pair were 50% grey. Two of the babies have an beautifull orange colour. The grandfahter from all red M.schweizeri comes from Clemens Radspieler
Here some pictures from the nice babies. If they comes out of egg, the colour is not so beautifull. But in time the colour will be nicer.
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Postby gaboon69 » Sun Nov 29, 2009 2:25 pm

Fantastic. A big congrats with the offspring. In many ways they remind me of Bitis atropos (unicolor). When were these babies bred if you dont mind me asking?
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Re: Macrovipera schweizeri

Postby Bushviper » Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:14 pm

Wow pretty snakes. I was under the impression they were busy going extinct? Are the natural populations still strong?
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Re: Macrovipera schweizeri

Postby Vipernhunter » Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:21 pm

The macrovipera schweizeri live in small islands. But the population is ok and friends from me found in spring any exemplares. But only grey. The red colour is very rare in nature. But in terrarium it is not problem to breed red, orange colours.
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Re: Macrovipera schweizeri

Postby steve » Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:33 pm

Great photo's.
And a very nice species.
Thanks for sharing them.
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Re: Macrovipera schweizeri

Postby Vipernhunter » Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:41 pm

Thank you. But the photo´s are not so good because I can put only pictures with 97 picels. But a lot of pictures have more thant 97 picels. How can I put pictures with bigger picels?
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Re: Macrovipera schweizeri

Postby Bushviper » Wed Dec 02, 2009 8:31 am

Vipernhunter if you reduce the picture to 600 x 600 pixels at 72 Dots Per Inch then they come out fine on the webpages.
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Re: Macrovipera schweizeri

Postby armata » Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:47 pm

Mining operations and roadkills are the big problem on Milos, plus illegal collecting.

Claes Andren and Goran Nilson did an interesting study a few years back including radio tracking. This species is also dependant on seasonal bird migration; and their reproductive cycle is dependant on how good the bird migration is.
They are specialised bird ambush predators, similar to Echis coloratus and Gloydius shedaoensis.
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