help with choosing a white lip

help with choosing a white lip

Postby iluvsnakes » Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:08 pm

Hey,this pet shop near me is selling baby white lips for R250! I want to get myself one,does anyone have any pointers on choosing one?
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Re: help with choosing a white lip

Postby Fooble » Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:46 pm

How old is it?
What sex is it?
What does it feed one?
Does it look in good condition?

Females are usually better to get then males from my experience.
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Re: help with choosing a white lip

Postby iluvsnakes » Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:57 pm

I think around 3 weeks?? They are probably around 15CM long if stretched out
They are feeding on tadpoles(they still really small)
There are 3 of them,but they haven't been sexed
They look ok with condition,seeing that they only sit in their little plants and there doesnt seem to be any discolouration or sores
or disease on them
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Re: help with choosing a white lip

Postby Fooble » Mon Dec 19, 2011 1:00 pm

For R250 they should be on gecko's at least.

Rather spend more money on on that feeds on pinkies.

The males have white stripes on them the females are solid green so no need to sex them.
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Re: help with choosing a white lip

Postby Graeme » Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:57 pm

Hi there,
I sell guaranteed rodent feeders at R450 each (males or females). I will feed the snake off a tweezer in front of you on collection, but unfortunately I can't see where you are from. Feel free to PM me if I can help.
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Re: help with choosing a white lip

Postby nvlooi » Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:03 pm

@ Graeme - Out of curiosity, how big do White Lipped Tree Vipers get?(in your experience)


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Re: help with choosing a white lip

Postby Graeme » Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:21 pm

Henco, I'd guess that my biggest female has the dry girth of a golf ball and is probably just over a meter. Other whitelip keepers almost always express surprise at her size when they come visit though, so I'd say that she is unusually large.
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Re: help with choosing a white lip

Postby nvlooi » Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:33 pm

Graeme wrote:Henco, I'd guess that my biggest female has the dry girth of a golf ball and is probably just over a meter. Other whitelip keepers almost always express surprise at her size when they come visit though, so I'd say that she is unusually large.


I asked because I know little of them, and a quick internet search was not reliable regarding their actual size(anything from 15" to 40").

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Re: help with choosing a white lip

Postby iluvsnakes » Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:16 am

I am currently in Johannesburg. and just out of curiosity as well,have any human deaths been recorded from this species?
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Re: help with choosing a white lip

Postby bradmiller » Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:43 am

Firstly - If its your first white lip rather get a female - males can be finicky feeders.

For R250 they should be on pinks and they are ripping you off. 15cm is still very small and it takes a while to get them feeding on their own.
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Re: help with choosing a white lip

Postby iluvsnakes » Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:15 pm

Okay! they where R150 when i went now,so I got myself a female,she seems very healthy and she is flickering her tongue and moving around,she seems very healthy,but i just realized she has a tiny little bump under her skin,on top of her nose,does anyone know what this is?
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Re: help with choosing a white lip

Postby bradmiller » Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:04 pm

post a pic....
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Re: help with choosing a white lip

Postby Amphibian » Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:28 pm

Obviously its not necessary to jump to conclusions a little bump could be any number of things and is more than likely a non issue.
However with the arboreal viper species they are often incorrectly kept far to damp coupled with poor air flow in the hope of maintaining higher humidity levels which can quickly lead to respitory infections.
Some of these infections can produce a swelling in and around the nasal cavitiy and when very gently pressed or squeesed produces a cheesy type of discharge from the nostril.
I do not recommend you do this yourself.

Steve on this forum is the go to go for baby whitelips having bred what i imagine to be thousands over the years and has mentioned little bumps on the babies heads before.
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