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Nosing around PE today [Bitis albanica]

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Nosing around PE today [Bitis albanica]

Postby armata » Sat May 12, 2007 10:30 pm

So happy!!!
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Postby neko » Sat May 12, 2007 10:56 pm

Brilliant!!! Very nice find. Congrats.
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Sun May 13, 2007 1:23 am

:shock: Wow!

Now that is a NICE find!!!!!! Can you please tell us what observations you made of weather?, temps? situation?, etc. And the time of year is interesting I think.

I am sure Bill Branch and the academic community are VERY happy to know.

Oh and could you please post a full body photo.
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Postby Rob » Sun May 13, 2007 11:36 am

Looks a lot like 1 of my breeding females. hehe kidding.

Congrats TP. That's fantastic.
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Postby froot » Sun May 13, 2007 7:25 pm

This is a once in a blue moon event, awesome stuff armata.
Was it found in threatened habitat or a reserve?
Please tell me you didn't pickle it and released it or kept it for breeding.

Thanks for sharing.
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Postby undignified_001 » Sun May 13, 2007 7:33 pm

Really awsome pic...well done
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Don't worry...

Postby rubida » Mon May 14, 2007 1:20 pm

Hi , :D

Don’t worry this little male specimen is alive! We only took scale clippings for DNA and photographed it ;)

This is the very rare Bitis albanica (Albany adder) and its endemic to Algoa bay, South Africa.

:D :D :D Indescribable joy :D :D :D
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Postby WW » Mon May 14, 2007 2:26 pm

That is a really fantastic find - congrats to both of you! :D

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Postby armata » Mon May 14, 2007 7:34 pm

Bitis albanica habitat
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Postby armata » Tue May 15, 2007 12:06 am

Its amazing that this little adder is not protected the previous photo is where that male was found; right in the middle of mining operations.
But the area is huge and cries out for a field study; If I was a tutor at uni I would point a masters student in this direction.
There is a need for a captive breeding programme; the habitat takes 300yrs to recover. This species is on a par with the Milos viper and Aruba island rattler; but there is a lot of red tape and politics in the way - maybe we will get there.
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Postby shamroth » Tue May 15, 2007 6:01 am

unfortunately some universities dont seem interested in snakes. in stel they work almost exclusively on cordylus lizards and i was told that theres 'nothing left to be studied with regard to snakes'
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Postby armata » Tue May 15, 2007 9:44 pm

Really!!!! Well, your tutor whoever is talking out of their exhaust pipe.
Ask them how much we know about the ecology of medically important species e.g. saw-scale viper, puff adder, Cape cobra. And why do I spend so much time in the veld when I am officially a pensioner and should be relaxing in comfort with my books and music. (Delete that last statement; I'm too busy enjoying myself!!!!!)
I could list twenty worthwhile snake orientated projects without thinking too hard.
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Postby shamroth » Wed May 16, 2007 9:51 am

if its not a cordylus lizard they dont seem to give a damn....thats seems to be their only view..but next year il be doing honours, and I definitely want to work on adders so heres hoping
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Postby armata » Wed May 16, 2007 7:27 pm

All power to you - if you need any input from me don't hesitate to ask.
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Postby shamroth » Thu May 17, 2007 10:45 am

will do..thanks
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