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 Rufous beaked snakes (Rhamphiophis rostratus)

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Louis Jacobsz
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PostSubject: Rufous beaked snakes (Rhamphiophis rostratus)   Tue 25 Oct - 4:28

I can't remember posting pics of these amazing snakes here so I thought I might squeeze in a couple haha...

I've been working with these for a short time now but I must say they are by far the greatest I've worked with...Always active,extremely inquisitive and always hungry... Very Happy

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Daniel Claesson
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PostSubject: Re: Rufous beaked snakes (Rhamphiophis rostratus)   Tue 25 Oct - 5:23

Very interesting snake. The "face" is amazing.

Can you tell us a little more about these ? (never seen or heard of them before)

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PostSubject: Re: Rufous beaked snakes (Rhamphiophis rostratus)   Tue 25 Oct - 10:25

Nice shots. They're pretty fun snakes to work with.
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PostSubject: Re: Rufous beaked snakes (Rhamphiophis rostratus)   Wed 26 Oct - 5:45

Thanks guy's...

Daniel,these occur in hot parts of South Africa and range up into Eastern Africa.

They are active snakes that grow to about 1.4-1.5m and will eat just about anything including other snakes. Hatchlings will take insects as well.
They are usually quite tame but some will not hesitate to bite. According to books/literature their venom is not considered harmful to humans but I will advise anyone to stay well clear of the sharp end as I've heard of one or two guy's that ended up with a lot of pain after a bite.
In captivity they require a pretty large cage to keep them busy as they are very active and always on the move. They do best at high temperatures of around 40-45 on the hot side and 28-30 (maybe a bit cooler) on the cool side.
They are not that easy to breed in captivity thus if you come across them they will probably be WC's. They do make great captives tho !

I hope it helped...but feel free to ask if there's any more Q's...

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PostSubject: Re: Rufous beaked snakes (Rhamphiophis rostratus)   Sat 11 Aug - 1:25

I've had 1.1
Both were imported as wild caughts.
One died unexpectedly, the female is still alive and well.

I care for mine very similarily to how Louis Jacobsz describes.

I can confirm that envenomation from this species is extremely painful.
3-5 minutes after bite on my hand, swelling, numbness and shooting pain were extending all the way to my shoulder.
Pain subsided 3-4 hours after bite.
Swelling took a solid 48 hours to go away.

This was from a single fang penetrating my thumb while force feeding.

Fun species to care for, very alert and active. But be careful with the sharp end!
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PostSubject: Re: Rufous beaked snakes (Rhamphiophis rostratus)   Sat 11 Aug - 1:36


Rhamphiophis rubropunctatus von rear-fanged auf Flickr

They have quite long fangs and those are a bit flexible.

I really enjoy this genus because it is quite active. Unfortunately it is not more common in pet trade here at Europe. A few years ago it was quite easy to get those snakes.
I will get my hands on some rubropunctatus if I can...

Hope you will get them to bred Louis.
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PostSubject: Re: Rufous beaked snakes (Rhamphiophis rostratus)   Tue 22 Oct - 21:59

I too keep this wounderful snake. I have a juvenile pair and two adult males. Hope to find adult females too for breeding attempts. They are always on the go and gathering information of what is going on outside their cages. Eating live and defrosted mice as maniacs. Never tried to bite but one has to be careful. They are as fast as the lightning.
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PostSubject: Re: Rufous beaked snakes (Rhamphiophis rostratus)   Tue 22 Oct - 22:04

Thanks for sharing this Louis Jacobsz , i like the way the head is shaped
thnx for the info very interesting
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