Causus bilineatus - Northern Angola (C. rhombeatus)

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Causus bilineatus - Northern Angola (C. rhombeatus)

Postby Warren Klein » Wed May 21, 2014 11:30 am

Captured this specimen in Soyo Northern Angola.

Male; SVL: 525mm; TL: 580mm; W: 93g

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Re: Causus bilineatus - Northern Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Wed May 21, 2014 11:34 am

I don't know if it was just the lighting or if these snakes have the ability to change their colour because this Night adder looked much more pink when I first caught him?

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Re: Causus bilineatus - Northern Angola

Postby Jason&Sam » Wed May 21, 2014 8:17 pm

Very nice pic's. Interesting colouration.
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Re: Causus bilineatus - Northern Angola

Postby levi_20 » Thu May 22, 2014 6:47 am

Beautiful, always look forward to your posts Herphabitat.
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Re: Causus bilineatus - Northern Angola

Postby Mitton » Thu May 22, 2014 8:14 am

Really beautiful.
Maybe the colour was just from the tub or was it that colour out of the tub?
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Re: Causus bilineatus - Northern Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Thu May 22, 2014 8:23 am

Thanks guys. Mitton I'm sure it was that pinkish colour when I caught it because that's what first stood out to me.
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Re: Causus bilineatus - Northern Angola

Postby reptile » Thu May 22, 2014 11:46 am

Definitely looks much lighter in the second picture...nice find ;) .
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Re: Causus bilineatus - Northern Angola

Postby Westley Price » Thu May 22, 2014 4:32 pm

Very cool. They look remarkable different to rhombeatus, although they do look superficially similar.

Once you look at it longer than seconds the differences become apparent.
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Re: Causus bilineatus - Northern Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Mon May 26, 2014 11:09 am

They look remarkable different to rhombeatus, although they do look superficially similar.


My apologies, Bill Branch has just advised me that this specimen is not Causus bilineatus but C. rhombeatus Common Night adder. The ventral scale count of 138 also fits C. rhombeatus but there are still problems with Night adders in Angola and more samples would be useful.

I agree that this specimen does look very similar to C. rhombeatus from RSA but not quite the same either.
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