Psammophiidae and some other lovely Colubrids

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Psammophiidae and some other lovely Colubrids

Postby MartinHabecker » Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:40 pm

Well I thought I would start with a few pics of my favorite snakes.
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Postby Bushviper » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:44 am

Nice mixture of snakes you have there. Do they mainly feed on mice or do you have to catch lizards too? I know the Heralds eat frogs so dont worry about them.
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Postby Eyelash » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:46 am

Stunning animals M ! Thanks for sharing.

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Postby Lillypod » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:49 am

Wow! Beautiful snakes!
3-1-4 Leopard Gecko
1-1-2 Bearded Dragon
0-1 Brown House Snake
2-3 Ball Python
1-1 Western Hognose
1-1 Kenyan Sand Boa
3-2 Corn Snake
0-0-1 Bosc Monitor
0-1 Taiwanese rat snake
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Postby Blake » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:57 am

Some very stunning snakes. Love the tiger snakes.
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Re: Psammophiidae and some other lovely Colubrids

Postby MartinHabecker » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:26 pm

Thanks, everything I have actually eats F/T rodents. I have had the Heralds since they were hatchlings and they have never refused a rodent meal, the only oneI had any issues with initially was the Dipsadoboa and that was because he preferred live pinkies. I also have a few Mehelya and have heard here in the US that they are difficult feeders as they tend to be more ophiophagous, but all of mine eat F/T rodents without any hesitation and all but 1 are WC imports. Here is a feeding video I put up on youtube, it is a bit long but interesting to watch(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2Ihhh2qdsQ).
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Postby Bushviper » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:34 pm

I have never seen a Herald take a rodent. That is amazing.
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Postby MartinHabecker » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:44 pm

The Heralds are my most voracious feeders, they eat even when in ecdysis. That video though not the best quality, shows them eating and has some nice visible shots of their rear fangs.
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Re: Psammophiidae and some other lovely Colubrids

Postby Westley Price » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:24 pm

Thanx for sharing.

Nice selection of snakes which are not often kept (or rather successfully kept) in captivity.

Good luck with any future breeding.

The P. elegans is quite a beauty!
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Re: Psammophiidae and some other lovely Colubrids

Postby MartinHabecker » Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:32 am

Thanks I appreciate it. The only issue with these snakes is that here in the US they are pretty much unknown, as with most African colubrids, and they are difficult to get imported and established because no-one is interested in establishing new species. If there is not a big enough market for them, they are seen as not worth the effort in the US industry. I have dealt with alot of importers and the only reptiles they seem interested in out of Africa are the venomous ones and a few lizard/gecko species. It has taken me over 6 years just to get the animals I currently have and most I do not have pairs of and probably will not ever get mates for. The Psammophis in particular are my personal favorites, but I only have 1 lone female P. mossambicus which I have had for about 6 years, and the lone male P. elegans both of which may take another 6 years, if at all, to find mates for. The only pairs I have are the M. poiensis, P. subtaeniatus, C. hotamboeia out of all of the African colubrids I have. Being into herpetology and keeping snakes since I was a child, these are by far some of the most interesting snakes I have ever kept. Even if I cannot breed them, it has been an absolute joy to keep these animals and observe their behavior. I would love to see more African colubrids in the US hobby, but I would much rather see them in Africa one day.
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