Two of my cobras

Two of my cobras

Postby Bushviper » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:31 pm

After seeing the nice pics of the cobras posted today and the breeding N. naja I thought I would drag out my spectacled cobras and see if they are in good enough condition to cool down a bit and hopefully put together later.

Here is the female. She might be a bit overweight but is a big girl. Bushbaby is holding a 90cm hookstick in her hand.
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The male is due to shed so looks rather dull. He is actually prettier than the female but is a lot smaller and has a more slender build.
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They are old enough to breed but the feeding response from the female is so scary I have not tried introducing the male. I dont think I could get her to let go if she decides to grab him. Look at the head muscles on her!
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Postby phish » Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:31 pm

lovely, hope he doesn't end up as a meal!
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Postby Gregg Madden » Mon Apr 14, 2008 2:36 am

BV, the urge and need to procreate is far stronger than the need to eat... I am sure after the proper cool down period, the male will not be in much danger of being eaten...
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Postby Alan Hyde » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:13 am

Wonderful looking snakes!
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Postby MV » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:47 am

It's Nice(Borat)!!!!

Very good looking snakes.
That female is a beast!!!
If they do breed and she drops a few, put me on the waiting list...lol
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:16 am

WOW - these are beautiful animals - I love the banding on the female!!!
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Postby damiensharjah » Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:36 am

Really pretty cobras BV. Do they originate in Sri Lanka?
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Postby Bushviper » Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:26 pm

Thanks for the kind words and advice.

I was led to believe that they originated from India but it could also be Sri Lanka. These are unpteenth generation captive bred snakes that I got as two separate gifts from a friend in Germany.
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Postby froot » Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:45 pm

The male is due to shed so looks rather dull.


BV he doesn't look dull to me at all but now you are going to have to post a pics of him after he has shed. That female is scary, seen her in the flesh a couple times and she is amazing.

Maybe place them in a 2 compartment enclosure seperated by fine mesh. You might be able to tell from their behaviour if they are horny or hungry.
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Postby Bushviper » Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:06 pm

That could be an answer. I will modify her cage and try that then.
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Postby Zeek » Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:14 pm

Hi BV glad to see these guys are doing well and just for the other members on the forum i can vouch for the size of these guys they are dam heavy when holding them on a hook.Thanks for that oppertunity BV and best of luck with breeding :-P
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Postby WW » Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:22 pm

Bushviper wrote:Thanks for the kind words and advice.

I was led to believe that they originated from India but it could also be Sri Lanka. These are unpteenth generation captive bred snakes that I got as two separate gifts from a friend in Germany.


They look like Sri Lankans to me - the bold pattern is fairly typical for Sri Lanka. Check also the banding under the throat and belly - Sri Lankans tend to have more bands (three or more - may be washed out and faint as you go back from the throat), whereas Indians normally only have two or three).

Absolutely beautiful animals - Sri Lankan Naja naja are probably my favourite cobra, which, as anyone who knows me will tell you, is high praise indeed ;)

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Postby Boadicea » Wed Apr 16, 2008 12:18 pm

Hey BV thanks for sharing these pics. They are stunning animals! You should post pics of your snakes more often. That girl of yours is really cool! (the snake not BB ;)) If she has babies I wouldn't mind pair either.
Do you know how old she is relative to the male? Is he younger than her?
Does she normally eat rodents or do you feed her snake roadkills and such?
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Postby Bushviper » Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:16 pm

Boadicea I have a suspicion that the female is actually younger than the male. He went through a bad patch a few years ago and did not grow as well as he should have.

They both hammer rodents like crazy. The male was a fussy feeder and took snakes and lizards and then switched to rodents. He will still eat a road kill in a hurry if offered but I am not crazy about doing this too often.

If she lays as many eggs as what I have seen others laying there should be enough to go around.

I wondered when someone was going to mention that I should not say BB is a bit overweight and is a big girl.
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Postby Long John Silver » Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:37 pm

I wondered when someone was going to mention that I should not say BB is a bit overweight and is a big girl.


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