Visit to BIO-KEN Watamu

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Visit to BIO-KEN Watamu

Postby Manson » Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:39 pm

Hi,

Last weekend we went down to Watamu for 3 days and had to go visit BIO-KEN.

Sorry the pics are not that great but all the cages are outdoors and the glare off of the glass was terrible....

Here are some pictures.

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This guy was massive even though a bit of his tail was gone
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Bells Hinged Tortoise / Kinixys belliana
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Small Nile Croc
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Rock Python
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Large Rock python waiting release
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Speckled sand snake / Psammophis punctulatus
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What a good looking snake, the pictures do not do it justice, Link-marked sand snake / Psammophis Biseriatus
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She has 3 eggs when we opened the cage
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I think this is a Eastern Strip-bellied sand snake / Psammophis orientalis
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Red Beaked snake / Rhamphiophis rubopunctatus
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Rufous Beaked snake / Rhamphiophis rostratus
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Tiger snake, very light markings / Telescopus semiannulatus
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Black tiger snake / Telescopus dhara somalicus
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File Snake / Mehelya capense unicolor
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New born hatched File snake
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Semiornate snake / Meizodon semiornatus
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Cross-barred tree snake / Dipsadoboa flavida
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Peter's Hook-nosed Snake / Scaphiophis albopunctatus - Very interesting snake and quite large..
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Eastern Bark Snake / Hemirhagerrhis hilderbrandtii
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Spotted bush snakes / Philothamnus semivariagatus
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Green Water Snake / Philothamnus hoplogaster
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Green Night Adder / Causus resimus
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Kenya Horned Viper / Bitis worthingtoni
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Puff adder / Bitis arietans from Nakuru area
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Sorry for the bad picture but just compare the size of this snake to the ice cream tub.
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Mt. Kenya Bush-Viper / Atheris desaixi
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Garter snkes / Elapsoidea loveridgei
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Eastern Twig snake / Thelotornis mossambicus
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Green Mamba / Dendroaspis angusticeps
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Egyptian Cobra / Naje haje
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Completly black Forest Cobra / Naja melanoleuca
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Large Brown Spitting Cobra / Naja ashei
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And they had plenty more, next time we go will post some more...
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Re: Visit to BIO-KEN Watamu

Postby kfc223 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:18 pm

Quite a interesting place.

That Atheris desaixi isn't something you see often.
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Re: Visit to BIO-KEN Watamu

Postby Bushviper » Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:33 pm

Some snakes there I had never heard of before. I see WW's photo is on the wall. A cobra eating a cat does not happen very often.

Please post more pictures.
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Re: Visit to BIO-KEN Watamu

Postby Mitton » Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:37 pm

Hey guys, nice to see you online again.
What a great post, some really nice snakes, some I have never heard of or seen.

Thanks for sharing with us.
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Re: Visit to BIO-KEN Watamu

Postby rvanhuyssteen » Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:02 pm

I think seeing a cobra eat a cat must be one of the most memorable things one could experience and to get a picture I don't think it would be easy to top that. That is a big cobra!

Some nice species there, that Peter's Hook-nosed snake is something. I have never even heard about it until now.

Thanks for posting.
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Re: Visit to BIO-KEN Watamu

Postby Manson » Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:14 am

I will post some more pictures asap.

The spotted bush snake should have been Philothamnus punctatus
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Re: Visit to BIO-KEN Watamu

Postby Westley Price » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:01 am

Very cool pics and some nice animals.

I particularly like the Scaphiophis. I often wonder why they are not in the keeping hobby.

I also found those lighter Telescopus semiannulatus in the DRC. They are totally different to the ones down south.

Thanx a bunch for sharing. I'm looking forward to the rest of the pics.

No Pancake Tortoises? Thoseare my other favourite!
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Re: Visit to BIO-KEN Watamu

Postby Serpent » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:10 am

Interesting! What country is this?
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Re: Visit to BIO-KEN Watamu

Postby Warren Klein » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:57 am

Nice to see so many Kenyan locals, the Scaphiophis albopunctatus; Meizodon semiornatus and the Rhamphiophis rubopunctatus are also firsts for me. Also nice seening Bitis worthingtoni and Atheris desaixi but the most impressive is the picture of a picture of what must be Naja ashei eating a cat! What a mother of a cobra!
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Re: Visit to BIO-KEN Watamu

Postby WW » Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:01 am

Bio-Ken is a great place! For a herper, it is particularly gratifying that they display a tremendous variety of poorly known, rather obscure species, not just the usual headline grabbers (mambas, cobras, puffies, python). The people there are great too!
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Re: Visit to BIO-KEN Watamu

Postby mania » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:18 pm

Awesome post. Some amazing snakes there.
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