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jean-henri pastore
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PostSubject: question about cornuta....   Thu 10 Mar - 4:13

Hi the experts !!

Just a question about cornuta please:

Did you, or can i keep a cornuta pair in the same terrarium all the year?
Is there a risk like Caudalis?
Did you observe some canibalism attitude or some others inconvenients with those snakes?

Thanks guys !

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PostSubject: Re: question about cornuta....   Thu 10 Mar - 4:28

Hi.

They have strong feeding responses so I would not.
I'm not saying you are doomed if you do but its really not worth the considerable risk.
I doubt keeping caudalis together is more risky than keeping cornuta together.

They are easy to breed so good luck,

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PostSubject: Re: question about cornuta....   Thu 10 Mar - 4:38

Thanks Marthinus,

You say they are easy to breed, but if they are nor together, it will be no more easy than you pretend LOLL Laughing
How can you proced?
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PostSubject: Re: question about cornuta....   Thu 10 Mar - 14:18

JHP - I keep 2 pairs of cornuta together (1.1 per 1200x600x400 enclosure) year round. I only split them when I see the females are gravid. After she drops and has had a few meals I put them together again.
It is risky though, I have had 2 snakes bite each other before but this was at feeding time and I have since changed my feeding method so this cant happen again.

I believe the risk of cannibalism is higher in caudalis simply because Ive heard it happen far more often than cornuta (once with myself) but maybe this is because caudalis are more common in collections? I have a friend whose female cornuta has eaten many males. Maybe it depends on the individual snake?

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PostSubject: Re: question about cornuta....   Thu 10 Mar - 15:07

Hi JHP.

Cycle them and then put them together.
If u need more info on breeding them then pm either Rob or myself.
No rocket science with these.

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PostSubject: Re: question about cornuta....   Thu 10 Mar - 15:49

Hi JHP
I agree with Rob and I kept all my cornuta the same and never had any problems. The males do tend to go off food for a few months but don’t seem to lose condition; this is normally over the breeding season anyway. The females are gluttons, just be careful with overfeeding. In the wild these would mainly eat lizards and geckos with the odd rodent so I would give them long intervals between feeds on an all rodent diet. Like was said before they are easy to breed. Overall a fairly easy species to keep.
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PostSubject: Re: question about cornuta....   Thu 10 Mar - 17:48

Please put them only together in Springtime! During the mating season. If you keep them together; sooner or later the female with try to eat the male. Even if they are larger! I have seen happen this more times with other small Bitis keepers.

I keep 2.2 Bitis cornuta, and only put the male to the female in March. As soon as they have copulated I seperate them again.
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PostSubject: Re: question about cornuta....   Thu 10 Mar - 17:58

Seperate them, I have had very bad experiences with keeping them together ! I have lost a pregnant female this way, some years ago

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PostSubject: Re: question about cornuta....   Thu 10 Mar - 18:20

André Weima wrote:
If you keep them together; sooner or later the female with try to eat the male. Even if they are larger!

This is true. I have had 2 adult (400mm and 450mm) female caudalis in a cage and the smaller tried to eat the larger one. It got 2/3 of the way down and rugurged. The end result was that the smaller one died and the bigger one lived.
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