Bitis peringueyi breeding

Bitis peringueyi breeding

Postby calechidna » Fri Nov 28, 2008 8:02 pm

Hi mates,

has someone ever bred Bitis peringueyi and could give me some information and/or hints?
What I would do is to hibernate the animals seperate in boxes at room temperature around 18-20°C. During the hibernation I am offering only about 4-5 hours light. I feed them just every 4-6 weeks but I am offering more moisture during the hibernation. I am planning to hibernate 2 month. After that time I will carefully introduce the animals, with the hope they will copulate.

For suggestions and critique I would be very glad.

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Florian
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Re: Bitis peringueyi breeding

Postby gaboon69 » Sat Nov 29, 2008 11:04 am

Hi Florian.

Peringueyi I have not bred.
I have bred some of the other dwarfs before, so I can only but give an opinion.
I would drop the 'winter night time temperature' to 10-12 degr celcius if I was you, and the day time temp to 16-18 or so.
The photoperiod seems fine.
I am sure that you will not remove small basking spots during this time.

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Re: Bitis peringueyi breeding

Postby calechidna » Sat Nov 29, 2008 2:06 pm

Hi mate,

thank you very much for your post and information. Unfortunately I have not the chance to hibernate the B. peringueyi at temperatures of 10-12°C, as our stack is not as good isolated as it should be. It is too risky for me, however more for these small adders.
Yes, I am offering a basking spot, but not for the complete daytime. By the use of a timer I will offer a lower spot for a few hours.
Let's see how I can put that into practice and what the result will be!?

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Re: Bitis peringueyi breeding

Postby gaboon69 » Sat Nov 29, 2008 2:16 pm

A lot of foreign breeders underestimate the temperature drops we experience during our Southern-African winters.
Even hot summer days can suddenly turn into very chilly windy nights up there.
Then again, its what you would expect from deserts.
Localities such as Walvisbay seem to have lower temperatures in summer.
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Re: Bitis peringueyi breeding

Postby calechidna » Sat Nov 29, 2008 4:27 pm

Hi,

I have been in a few countries in Africa before and I know that there are even parts with lower temperatures.
The problem is that there are fast temperatures below of the freezing point, due to a bad isolation of the stack. But I might isolate the snakeroom and open the window every few hours for a while. This could work in combination with the floor heater.
Yep, I have some climate data of Welvis Bay. Swakopmund is just around 30Km away and there should be no big differences.

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Re: Bitis peringueyi breeding

Postby gaboon69 » Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:22 pm

Sounds like you know your stuff then.
Breeding these in captivity would hopefully alleviate the pressure of the illegal trade.

Keep us updated Florian.
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Re: Bitis peringueyi breeding

Postby calechidna » Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:01 pm

Thnks a lot. I will do my best.
Of course I will let you know if there is something happening!

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