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Rainer Fesser
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PostSubject: Re: The devil arrived - M. insignitus   Mon 22 Nov - 15:23

Hello Marios,

you are right in every point you write.

I also could watch them eat vipers but I also made another very interesting observation.
When I worked for a project about Vipera ammodytes in Dalmatia, I could watch for several days a 1,2 m. long Malpolon (same ssp as you have in Greece), a big Pseudopus apodus (former Ophisaurus apodus) and a 55 cm long V. a. ammodytes sharing the same hiding-place under a rock. It was mid-May and all 3 showed feeding-activity but did not at all react to each other with hunting- / feeding- or avoiding- response.

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Fabian Dirks
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PostSubject: Re: The devil arrived - M. insignitus   Mon 22 Nov - 15:25

Really nice specimen Rainer!

That are really interesting story's to hear, showing clearly the intelligence and behaviour of this species.

rgds Fabian
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PostSubject: Re: The devil arrived - M. insignitus   Mon 22 Nov - 18:17

Fabian,
I´m looking forward to your observations! I think there is still a lot to discover about Malpolon.
rgds,
Rainer
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PostSubject: Re: The devil arrived - M. insignitus   Tue 4 Jan - 4:14

I captured several Malpolon in Spain. Nice animals!

If you can get more specimens, please contact me...

kind regards

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PostSubject: Re: The devil arrived - M. insignitus   Wed 20 Apr - 0:47



Hello Rainer,

the "devil" calm more and more down, but is still a beast( very territorial defending if threatened ), once I am in the room shy to observant ( typical position like a periscope ).
Takes easily rodent but only if I am not looking... Now where more sun comes into my room, this specimen becomes more and more active.
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PostSubject: Re: The devil arrived - M. insignitus   Wed 20 Apr - 15:17

Hello Fabian,

thank you for the update.

As you can see, they love sun - heat and light. In nature (in southern Europe) they are the last snakes to come out into the sun in the morning and those that are most active under warm-hot conditions.
Btw: A good photo showing exactly what they are if it´s not a calm specimen.

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PostSubject: Re: The devil arrived - M. insignitus   Wed 20 Apr - 19:21

Nice !!

I have confirmed that my female is with eggs now. I could count them to 8 but there can be more. Only time will tell.

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PostSubject: Re: The devil arrived - M. insignitus   Thu 28 Apr - 19:43

Daniel Claesson wrote:
Nice !!

I have confirmed that my female is with eggs now. I could count them to 8 but there can be more. Only time will tell.

Regards
Daniel
Congrats ! keep,us informed.
Yes malpolon love sun, and here in south of France, they even come out during december and janvier month, with only environmental temperature around 12°c, but 32°C under the sun, in close spot ! i have see and catch some (5 specimens full of dirt)) during sunny fieldtrip.
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