Madagascan Ground Boas

Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby Pythonodipsas » Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:37 am

@BV - Hennie Erasmus - now there's a name that's a blast from the past. Wasn't he the [first] one to successfully cross Burmese Python with Natal Rock Python? I doubt he is still around, but would his son Petrus be around still?

Its interesting what you said about Dumerils contaminating Ground boa bloodlines. How prevalent is this?
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby Bushviper » Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:50 am

Yes his son is back into snakes and is specialising in Ball pythons. He also keeps monkeys and parrots too. I just remember holding 5 newly hatched Angolan Dwarf pythons in my hands when he hatched them way back when. Hennie, Peter Korner, Mike Yaensch and another guy who's name I don't remember went to Madagascar and brought back quite a number of the boas. At that time there were no legal restrictions to import reptiles.

Hennie died of a heart attack a good number of years ago. Yes he also cross bred the Burmese and Natal rock pythons. They never reached adulthood though.

The Dumerils crosses were produced by the late JP le Brun by accident as he did not think it could happen. It was recorded by Bill Branch before this but only stillborns were produced. JP had about 5 babies and I saw a pair of them down in Durban a few years ago. It is very difficult to identify the hybrids.
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby garth » Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:01 am

Thanks for that BV. I'm sure there a few disappointed faces after hearing that.
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby MADABOA » Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:58 pm

Extra nice snakes. Heavily patterned bodies and no pattern above the head. Very interessant to illustrate the differences within this species.
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby WFA » Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:31 pm

Arno I think it was in 1974.
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby Aaxel » Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:03 pm

gorgeous snakes!

how much do they go for?
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby MADABOA » Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:34 am

What a document!!! It's one of the rarest official documents from the past. Acrantophis and Sanzinia were listed on the Appendix A of the CITES in 1977.
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