Not that common Eggeater

Re: Not that common Eggeater

Postby Fooble » Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:51 am

rishaada wrote:Damn BV, I am looking for an egg eater so badly and nobody seems to have one for sale and there you go using them as feed, How bout selling me one!!


Where have you looked?
Ive seen a few in pet stores of late.
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Re: Not that common Eggeater

Postby Rishaad » Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:31 am

Howzit Fooble

Seriously man, i am looking for a rhombic. Which pet shops have you seen them in and how much do they normally go for?

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Re: Not that common Eggeater

Postby Westley Price » Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:16 pm

I'm not so keen on the albino D. scabra, but that hypo one posted by BB looks awesome. Try breeding some het for sunglows ;)
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Re: Not that common Eggeater

Postby Fooble » Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:52 am

rishaada wrote:Howzit Fooble

Seriously man, i am looking for a rhombic. Which pet shops have you seen them in and how much do they normally go for?

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They arent too expenmsive i saw adults for R250 Pinetown Pet store, as well as a petshop in Balito had some southern browns
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Re: Not that common Eggeater

Postby slashme » Tue Aug 26, 2008 10:24 am

Why the fascination with albinos? It's a maladaptive mutation: why would anyone breed from them preferentially?
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Re: Not that common Eggeater

Postby Bushviper » Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:05 am

Slashme this is for the same reason why albino black headed pythons cost close to half a million rand each or white lions cost R250 000 compared to R2000. It is unusual and that is what makes it rare.

I see it as the difference between owning the Mona Lisa or owning a poster of Pamela Anderson in a red bikini. There is a market for both but more people want the one than the other.
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Re: Not that common Eggeater

Postby slashme » Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:44 pm

OK, the collector's instinct for the rare, then. I just think your "Mona Lisa vs Pam Anderson" example was a bit off, though: in that case the rare item is the higher-quality one. This one is more like a gun collector with an example of an antique colt revolver which was mistakenly manufactured without a firing pin: rare but malfunctioning.
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Re: Not that common Eggeater

Postby Bushbaby » Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:01 am

There is nothing "malfuntioning" about an albino snake. It was found in the wild, hence it was born albino, not an error of man.
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Re: Not that common Eggeater

Postby slashme » Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:04 am

Yep, the "error of man" part comes when you intentionally breed more of them.
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Re: Not that common Eggeater

Postby Bushbaby » Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:08 am

Why would that be an error? If they were in the wild they would breed, would they not?

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Re: Not that common Eggeater

Postby Bushviper » Thu Aug 28, 2008 11:03 am

If anybody has female egg eaters that have never been with a male (virgins) I would like to borrow them for a breeding loan. I intend putting this male with as many females as what I can find so that this "mutant" gene is not lost like the other albino genes have been lost in the past with all the other South African snakes excluding the Brown house snake.
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Re: Not that common Eggeater

Postby Durban Keeper » Tue Sep 02, 2008 7:44 pm

Bushviper. Might be jumping the gun a little, but please may I be on your list for one of those albino's or a pair of hets! I think this is one of the most amaizing snakes I have seen on this site. I kept that photo you originally posted on my cellfone for ages, showing it to loads of people, who all thought I was barking mad!But it truly is a remarkable snake. you can lend my female ( Who has never bred ) any day!

PS. Any chance of some more pics??? please!!!!
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Re: Not that common Eggeater

Postby Bushviper » Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:58 am

Okay I will take some more pics later and pop them on here.
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Re: Not that common Eggeater

Postby Trayton » Thu Sep 04, 2008 2:57 pm

I haven't had much time to cruise the net lately,and when i have i skipped sareptiles cos i started getting bored to death with posts about exotic reptiles,seeing such an interesting post and the different views expressed in it has restored my faith in south african herpers,once again great thread.indig rocks
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Re: Not that common Eggeater

Postby Durban Keeper » Thu Sep 04, 2008 6:57 pm

Could not agree with you more Trayton. I get so excited when it comes to indigenous stuff, even specimens that come from our bordering countries...
We really have some awesome, sadly underrated herps in our country, but the prospects of what the new breeding season holds excites me, as am hoping to find some nice captive bred locals...
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