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PostSubject: Cape Town Bitis arietans   Mon 22 Aug - 14:54

Hi Venomland
I thought it a good idea to show you a few Puff adders which have been caught in peoples homes in and around Cape Town.







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PostSubject: Re: Cape Town Bitis arietans   Mon 22 Aug - 16:12

The second one is very nicely coloured, they are usually like that on the coast but also sometimes inland. Where was this one from?

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PostSubject: Re: Cape Town Bitis arietans   Mon 22 Aug - 16:23

The first one from Hout Bay, second from Scarborough and the third are all from the Fish Hoek valley.
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PostSubject: Re: Cape Town Bitis arietans   Mon 22 Aug - 16:32

Awesome Puff Adders , Bitis arietans, the information i take from the pics are theyre size massive , for field collected specimens , in captivity the one large may be viewed as over fed .

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PostSubject: Re: Cape Town Bitis arietans   Mon 22 Aug - 16:35

Sorry dont want to hijack your post but this one is more inland from Ceres area( appr. 150km from Cape town).
Amazing the major differnce between them.

This is what makes pin pointing localities so diffucult, we easily tend to just say province...
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PostSubject: Re: Cape Town Bitis arietans   Mon 22 Aug - 22:14

Brett Glasby wrote:
Hi Venomland
I thought it a good idea to show you a few Puff adders which have been caught in peoples homes in and around Cape Town.

Some fine looking snakes, Mr. Glasby; although probably not what most people would want to find in their house... Always good to see, real, live, wild specimens. Thanks for posting this. I trust that the beasts were relocated unharmed away from unappreciative Humans? Sincerely, Jon Davidson .
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PostSubject: Re: Cape Town Bitis arietans   Mon 22 Aug - 23:07

The really big girl is almost definately close to delivering a batch of little biters!

Thanks Jon, all of these were safely released within the boundaries of nature reserves with the permission of the relevant rangers. On average through the Season we remove up to nine snakes a day out of homes and gardens where the snake is unfortunately not welcome. One amazing point to make is that we are recieving more and more calls from areas where snakes were previously killed on sight due to superstition... Education is winning the day.
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PostSubject: Re: Cape Town Bitis arietans   Mon 22 Aug - 23:30

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'... all of these were safely released within the boundaries of nature reserves with the permission of the relevant rangers. On average through the Season we remove up to nine snakes a day out of homes and gardens where the snake is unfortunately not welcome. One amazing point to make is that we are recieving more and more calls from areas where snakes were previously killed on sight due to superstition... Education is winning the day'.
This is good to hear(that the general public in your neck of the woods is making an effort to have uninvited snakes on their property or in their homes humanely removed and relocated). Perhaps, if it's possible, you could please keep us updated from time to time with photographs of the specimens that you find and the local habitat that you release them in? I'm sure that this would be very much appreciated by the members here- especially for the fellows like me who can only read publications about African snakes. Bitis arietans are a fantastic and seemingly under appreciated beast. Thank you for the additional details, Mr. Glasby. Sincerely, Jon Davidson .
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PostSubject: Re: Cape Town Bitis arietans   Tue 23 Aug - 15:26

I will continue to post a few pictures of the snakes we collect and release. On my next release I will take a few locale shots just to give all an idea of what the Fynbos biome looks like.
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