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Some Indigenous Venomous

Postby wadekilian » Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:54 pm

Just a few pics of some of the indigenous snakes I've been able to take pictures of and care for within the past few months.

CB'13 Puff Adder - Bitis arietans arietans. This little guy came to me and (unlike most Puff Adders) didn't feed well at all, so I had to assist feed him. After a few assist feeds, I let him go halfway through and he started swallowing on his own. He started taking live pinks, but he now belongs to a friend.
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CB'12 Snouted Cobra - Naja annulifera. She's about 80cm.
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Rinkhals - Hemachatus haemachatus. This was found on a call out, kept in captivity for a while and then given to me. I've managed to her onto rodents in the amount of time she's been with me. This girl and the Snouted Cobra should be on their way to KZN soon.
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Thanks for looking :-)

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Re: Some Indigenous Venomous

Postby Serpent » Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:46 am

Very nice Wade! That snouted cobra looks like quite a big chap, how long have you had it?
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Re: Some Indigenous Venomous

Postby Mr Venom » Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:50 am

Very nice Wade, love that Rink.
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Re: Some Indigenous Venomous

Postby LizardLover » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:53 pm

Awesome pics. That puffie is a beaut.
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Re: Some Indigenous Venomous

Postby wadekilian » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:49 pm

Thanks guys :-) I think they're all awesome, but that Puff Adder was quite a special little guy. Didn't like me one bit though, haha.

Greg, she's about 80cm ey, I've had her for about 4 months now I think. The guy who's getting them is into his indigenous, and has kept and bred some really nice indigenous snakes himself, so they will be in good hands.
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Re: Some Indigenous Venomous

Postby wadekilian » Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:07 am

Didn't wanna start a new thread, but here are a few pics of a CB'13 male Green Mamba - Dendroaspis angusticeps.

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Re: Some Indigenous Venomous

Postby Kakibos » Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:44 pm

Stunning, I just love indigenous snakes.
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Re: Some Indigenous Venomous

Postby wadekilian » Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:17 pm

Just adding some new pics to the thread.

Eastern Green Mamba - Dendroaspis angusticeps

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Sub-adult male Puff Adder - Bitis arietans

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Re: Some Indigenous Venomous

Postby kfc223 » Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:23 am

Beautiful Green Mamba Wade!

Would you mind posting a few shots of its set up? I'm interested in the basking light type setup you have in there.
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Re: Some Indigenous Venomous

Postby wadekilian » Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:35 pm

Here are a couple of pictures I took before I finished it and got the snakes.

>One bag of potting soil as a substrate.

>Bought two "hollow-ish" perches from Pick 'n Pay and used screws to hold them in place (not the screws are on the inside of the perches) and used non-toxin silicon to seal them. Also make sure they're high enough to provide a good basking spot.

>Cut a hole in the lid above the perch and covered it with mesh. The mesh is held down with a few layers of duct tape. Make sure the holes in the mesh are too small for the snake to escape through and there's no way for the snake to come into contact with the tape.

>Get a lamp holder and place it above the basking spot but make sure you have the correct wattage and its not to close to the basking spot. I put another vine into the tub because the highest perch wasn't exactly in the best spot.

Its not exactly conventional, but it works well for me and it cost approximately R270.

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You might have to save the pictures to see the full thing. I'm guessing they're a bit big as they seem to get cut off.
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Re: Some Indigenous Venomous

Postby kfc223 » Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:27 am

Looks like a good idea, I've used that mesh before and its worked well. Have you considered pop riveting the mesh down? You get washers that are designed to be used with pop rivets. I've got an idea and this should help.
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Re: Some Indigenous Venomous

Postby Dispholidus » Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:31 pm

Potting soil as a substrate? :?:
Snakes caring for me:

0.1 Boaedon capensis (Brown house snake)
1.0 Lycodonomorphus inornatus (Olive ground snake)
1.0 Pseudaspis cana (Mole snake)
1.1 Dispholidus typus (Boomslang)
0.1 Naja annulifera (Snouted cobra)
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Re: Some Indigenous Venomous

Postby wadekilian » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:52 pm

No, I haven't thought of it Justin. I'll look into it though it could work for me. That is if we're thinking of the same thing ofcourse.

Dispholidus, potting soil is used in vivariums. I've been planning on putting worms into it and hopefully turning it into an almost 100% live viv. but I haven't gotten around to that yet.
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Re: Some Indigenous Venomous

Postby wadekilian » Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:03 pm

Here's another shot of the Green Mambas. Really like this one:
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Re: Some Indigenous Venomous

Postby kfc223 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:59 am

Wow!

I really like your D.angusticeps!
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