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 Vipera berus - canabalistic juveniles

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PostSubject: Vipera berus - canabalistic juveniles   Thu 28 Jul - 21:36

Hi all, just wanted to ask if anybody else had seen this before, I have 60+ offspring and due to space restrictions i had kept groups of 10 or so together. I have now seen canabolism in a few of the groups so I have to seperate them straight away.

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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus - canabalistic juveniles   Fri 29 Jul - 18:57

Yes this is not uncommon. If i remember right Stefan Andersson have done some study about this.

I can't point you to the paper but a little search on the topic would give you results.

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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus - canabalistic juveniles   Fri 29 Jul - 20:10

I really like the berus... But they are illegal to keep in Holland... Can you tell how you keep them??
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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus - canabalistic juveniles   Sat 5 Nov - 6:55

Seems that cannibalism is quite common in young viperidae. I have seen it in young Cerastes cerastes and Crotalus cerastes.
I would guess that other members here can make a long list of experiencing this amongst young snakes.

But on the other hand, 60 babies is alot of babies to keep seperate.

Good luck with the rest of them.

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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus - canabalistic juveniles   Wed 7 Dec - 5:12

Just to repeat, it is apparently quite common across vipera. Probably best to separate them!
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