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 Porthidium ophryomegas

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Deon Nell
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PostSubject: Porthidium ophryomegas   Thu 2 Dec - 15:18





Hi all, recieved these guys from a friend, can't seem to find good information on their captive care and max sizes and breeding can anyone please shed some light on this species in captivity...many thanks in advance
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PostSubject: Re: Porthidium ophryomegas   Wed 4 May - 8:54

Is this what used to be known as Bothrops ophryomegas? If it is, be really careful, that little snake can bury you! I had one many years back, and I was amazed at how toxic the venom was. It would bite a mouse, and the mouse would drop as if it were hit by a Mamba! I spoke to Joe Laszlo at a symposium about it, and he warned me about the toxicity of the venom.

Bothrops ophryomegas is a very quick moving snake, slender and under 3 feet in length, mine didn't stay on a hook, preferring to glide off. Because it's small, I wouldn't recommend grabbing it by the tail as it slides off a hook. Use two hooks, and place it into a holding cage for maintenence. It readily took pre killed, defrosted, or live mice, and it required no special care; it was an easy snake to maintain. I never had a pair, so I have no experience breeding the species. Mine was shades of brown in color.
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