Juvenile Bitis arietans

Juvenile Bitis arietans

Postby Mehelya » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:47 am

Well, I got this little chap quite a while ago. When he came to my place, he was nothing special to look at, but as time went by, and with each subsequent shed, and growth, he has blossomed and turning into a rather colorful little chap, and I can't wait to see what his adult coloration will be like! Something told me to just hang on to him for a while, and see what comes of him.


When he arrived at my place many moons ago...
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After his first shed (if I remember correctly, was a while ago)
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After another shed
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And after his most recent shed (about a week or so ago)
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I might just be imagining it, out of hopes and expectations, but I feel that this little chap is a little different to the usual, and personally cannot wait to see how he turns out. Maybe I'll have to place him with my adult female when he's ready, or find one specifically for him... Time will tell...

Thanks for looking, and Enjoy!

Mods : If I have posted this before, I am terribly sorry, but I did a search, and I couldn't find any previous posts on this little chap under my name. If I have, please could you merge the two topics?
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Re: Juvenile Bitis arietans

Postby dobby7 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:42 am

Now that is a beautiful snake! You must be very proud to have him.
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Re: Juvenile Bitis arietans

Postby Kuro » Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:52 pm

I personally don't find puff adders attractive, but I will give it to you, you have a beautiful guy right there. Nice to see how his colour got more vivid. I would also like to see how he progresses, so keep us posted.
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Re: Juvenile Bitis arietans

Postby Mehelya » Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:18 pm

Thanks chaps. Really looking forward to seeing this little devil when he's an adult... Will see what happens, and keep you posted!
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Re: Juvenile Bitis arietans

Postby wadekilian » Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:22 pm

Do you have any info on his locality? I love his colour in the first picture :-)
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Re: Juvenile Bitis arietans

Postby Mehelya » Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:56 pm

Wadekilian, his locality is inland Northern Natal, as far as I know. I personally prefer his colors in pic 3, but these pics (and my poor photography skills) honestly do not do him any justice! Time will tell how he turns out though.
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Re: Juvenile Bitis arietans

Postby wadekilian » Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:00 pm

Sorry I meant the third pic, haha. It's a pity those peach / pink bands bands faded.
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Re: Juvenile Bitis arietans

Postby Sfourie » Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:30 pm

Incredible, you have the most beautiful rinkhals and now this chap. You can be very proud.
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Re: Juvenile Bitis arietans

Postby Mehelya » Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:11 am

Wadekilian, yeah, it is a pity the bands faded, but one never knows. Maybe they'll return. One can hope, after all.

Sfourie, thanks for that "double" compliment. I've seen prettier rinks and puffs, but I enjoy/cherish my small "zoo". ;) I'll post a pic of the possible mate I have for this little chap, when he's old enough. Or else I just might have to find another one similar to him, and see what I can do...
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Re: Juvenile Bitis arietans

Postby Mehelya » Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:18 pm

Wadekillian, looks like those "peach bands" might be coming back... :lol:

Just an updated photo I took the other day while cleaning.

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Re: Juvenile Bitis arietans

Postby Wallas » Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:52 pm

Beautiful pictures. :)
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Re: Juvenile Bitis arietans

Postby Mehelya » Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:14 am

Wallas, thanks for the compliment!

Well, as part of my cleaning yesterday, I took some photos of this beastly, and here he is, more grown up, and in a new enclosure.

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Re: Juvenile Bitis arietans

Postby Bushbaby » Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:49 pm

Can't believe the colour change. Very nice!
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Re: Juvenile Bitis arietans

Postby Mehelya » Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:51 am

Thanks Bushbaby, I love opening this one's container every now and then. He's like a frikkin chameleon. I had been told that they change as they grow older, but I never would have thought the change would be so marked.
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