My new rhinoceros vipers.

My new rhinoceros vipers.

Postby Contortrix » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:22 am

Picked up 1.1 Bitis rhinoceros today.

Female does not look that big in the images but she is a monster. I could not lift her with my two hooks, i had to just lift her upper body to get her to crawl in to the enclosure.

These are just quick snapshots, i'll come back with better pictures of them when they have settled down and their intended enclosure is done.

Male (allot smaller):
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Female:
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Female: Image

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Postby Mat Van G » Thu Feb 07, 2008 7:17 am

Wow that is a big mama.... Nice snakes good luck!!!!
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Postby Contortrix » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:55 am

Yeah, she is truly s beast. I thought the hooks would break, i have to make a new set of hooks to handle her safe.
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Postby Bushviper » Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:48 am

Make the hooks out of flat aluminium so that it covers a larger part of her belly. You can also make them so that they have supports behind your hand (on your forearm) like crutches and then it is much easier. Possibly you can get some old crutches and modify them.

Hope you breed them because she will give you lots of babies.
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Postby Contortrix » Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:53 am

Yeah, the previous owner tried to breed them about 1,5 years ago and they started to mate at first contact and where mating for 6 hours straight. But the male probably was not mature then. But now he is a little over 4 years old so i keep my fingers crossed :D
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Postby Contortrix » Thu Feb 07, 2008 6:57 pm

Two new pictures of the female. after giving her a bath. D*mn she is heavy, i allmost could not get her out of the tub...

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Adding a few more:

Pictures of my female:

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And a few images of my male taking a bath:

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Postby dave » Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:48 am

wow :o very impresive rhinoceros indeed,they are nice marked one's to
:cool: :cool: goodluck breeding ;-)
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Postby Contortrix » Sun Feb 10, 2008 3:20 pm

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Postby steve » Sun Feb 10, 2008 8:47 pm

sheew beeeg snake :shock:
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Postby Contortrix » Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:34 pm

My hooks allmost snapped when handling my rhinoceros female so i made myself a new one today.

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Postby ylangylang » Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:38 pm

n Boer maak n plan.
nice snakes really like the markings on the male
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Postby Bushviper » Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:25 pm

I should have taken out patent rights on the crutch design, hee hee. I am glad you got them to work. Possibly you can try using wider aluminium pieces to fashion the hook part which will help that it does not cut into the snake.
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Postby Contortrix » Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:45 pm

Yeah, that was the original idea but i used what i had at home. I'll try and get some more crutches and build some more....se this as a prototype haha ;-)
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Postby bradmiller » Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:54 pm

Stunning! I cant wait for mine to get bigger.... :-)
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Postby Contortrix » Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:00 pm

Yeah, they are really beutiful snakes.

I have started to suspect that the female might be gravid, whay do you guys say....judging by the images (that sadly don't show the snake in 3D)...
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