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PostSubject: Some of the snakes I keep   3/6/2012, 9:43 am

Other than keeping scorps I also enjoy keeping snakes. Here are a few pics of some that I keep. Sorry for the bad quality, most of the pics were taken with my phone, seeing as my camera decided to stop working.

Aurora House Snake (Lamprophis aurora)



Cross Marked Whipsnake (Psammophis crucifer)





Western Hognose (Heterodon nasicus)





Brown House Snake (Lamprophis capensis)





And my little baby, Intermediate Shieldnose Snake (Aspidelaps scutatus intermedius)





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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   3/6/2012, 9:46 am

I love the third pic. The snake looks very grumpy with you haha.

Is the shieldnose trying to mimic a cobra?? Is it venomous??
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   3/6/2012, 10:08 am

Lol, yeah the whipsnake is a very inquisitive snake.
Yes it is, it only doesnt have a hood, but makes up for it in attitude. When he strikes he actually lifts his whole body off of the ground. His venom isnt deadly, but will certainly put you in the hospital. There have been 2 recorded deaths from Aspidelaps scutatus, so I wouldnt mess around with him.
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   3/7/2012, 10:11 am

Great pictures shadowfoot Smile
Shieldnose is indeed evil looking.. Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   3/7/2012, 11:01 am

Nice pics and snakes.

Love the hognose. I really wanted one of those but I can't find them here.
Have one in the freezer though Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   3/7/2012, 11:07 am

They are really awesome snakes to keep, my favourite of all my snakes. They are readily available here for very cheap, so would have guessed that they would be all over the show in Europe. Why in the freezer??
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   3/7/2012, 11:08 am

Oh and thanks for all the compliments!
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   3/7/2012, 11:21 am

shadowfoot wrote:
Why in the freezer??

Prolapsed cloaca. I was supposed to take it to the vet but the owner took too long o deliver the snake to me.
Operation was done immediately, he died 24h after.
The keeper never cared enough to take him back so for the time being it's in our personal "morgue"
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   3/7/2012, 11:27 am

That sucks. I hate irresponsible keepers like that. If you cant care for it or if you dont care about it, you shouldnt be keeping it. Good on you for trying to save its life!
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   3/7/2012, 11:29 am

How big do they actually get? I've been reading different numbers, anything between a 1 and 3 ft.

Would love to get my hands on a pair and try to get them to more enthusiasts in my country.
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   3/7/2012, 11:38 am

Males grow to between 15-23 inches and females 27-35 inches. They can grow bigger, but thats very rare and would be old animals over say 8 years old.
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   3/7/2012, 11:40 am

They are nice to breed as well, because they double clutch.
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   3/8/2012, 9:33 am

Thanks for the info shadowfoot.
Didn't know they can double clutch.
There are only a few of them in my country. One local breeder has tried breeding them, but as far as I know, he was able to get only 3 hatchlings 2-3 years ago, out of a total of 4 eggs.

It was actually our first choice for a beginner snake, but due to availability we ended up getting the BP.
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   3/8/2012, 9:43 am

I wanted to get a ball python, but these days its just too difficult to choose one of the 1000's of morphs.
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   3/8/2012, 9:44 am

Just get a normal then Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   3/8/2012, 9:48 am

yeah, that might be an option :p
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   3/17/2012, 5:37 pm

Update. Got this little guy a few days ago. Measures in at an amazing 13cm, they grow to about 60cm on average, so he has some work to do.
Sorry for the bad pics, didnt want to stress him with an extensive photo shoot.

Night Adder (Causus rhombeatus)


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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   3/19/2012, 11:41 pm

He seems to appear very "well built" for a 13cm snake. Nice!
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   3/20/2012, 4:47 am

Yes they are very stocky, I cant wait till he gets older. They only feed on toads and frogs, so he is getting frog and toad drumsticks at the moment.
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   4/2/2012, 8:43 am

Very nice snakes dude!

I love the aurora!
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   4/2/2012, 9:59 am

Thanks man, will be getting a Coral Snake as well this week, so look out for the photos on here.
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   4/2/2012, 11:51 am

nice pics really like your hog nose, my dad had a grey hog nose it was gorgeous just used to hide up my sleeve for hours lol Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   4/2/2012, 11:58 am

Thanks Bex, they seem to like doing that. Mine always hides in my pockets and just pokes his head out to check whats going on.
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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   4/2/2012, 12:15 pm

i really want to get one but they seem quite expensive, will have to stick with my two little corns for now lol

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PostSubject: Re: Some of the snakes I keep   4/2/2012, 12:20 pm

How much are they over there? Here hatchlings cost about R600 or 49 UK Pounds.
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