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Rian Viljoen
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Number of posts : 11
Age : 36
Location : South Africa
Points : 1682
Registration date : 2013-08-03

PostSubject: Bitis arietans   Sat 10 Aug - 16:16

Here are the 2.1 Puff Adders that I currently have in my possession.  The adult male is quite defensive, and will strike at anything that moves.  The adult female is as placid as a house snake, but I wouldn't trust her in the least where her disposition is concerned. And one small yearling male. I am hoping to breed the two adults this coming season, if all pans out correctly.

Here are the pics

Adult male:

On arrival


After first shed with me



Adult female:

On arrival


In a holding enclosure during cleaning


The juvenile male:

On arrival


After a shed


Colors starting to show


Taken a few weeks ago


Well, those are the Bitis in my company. Enjoy
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Liang Guo
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Age : 38
Location : Guangxi China
Points : 1945
Registration date : 2012-12-15

PostSubject: Re: Bitis arietans   Sun 11 Aug - 23:11

Very nice adders.
The species are stronge,full of power. I have ordered one from my friend,that's from Tanzania I heard.
He told me it's a red one when it grows up,I dont know if that's ture.
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Rian Viljoen
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Number of posts : 11
Age : 36
Location : South Africa
Points : 1682
Registration date : 2013-08-03

PostSubject: Re: Bitis arietans   Tue 13 Aug - 23:02

Liang, thank you for the compliment.

Unfortunately, I don't know much about Bitis spp outside of South Africa, so I can't tell you anything about Tanzanian puffs.

They are incredibly strong, and extremely fast when they want to be. Although they are labelled as "lazy" by most people, I can honestly say that a puff adder when moving under normal serpentine motion, can pick up a fair turn of speed for it's weight and size.
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Liang Guo
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Number of posts : 42
Age : 38
Location : Guangxi China
Points : 1945
Registration date : 2012-12-15

PostSubject: Re: Bitis arietans   Sat 21 Dec - 11:50

How are they now? My puff is growing great. It scared water very much,a funny fat girl like a crocodile without arms and legs hahaha.
How many times did your feed a sub-adult(maybe 50cm) puff  every week?
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Rian Viljoen
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Number of posts : 11
Age : 36
Location : South Africa
Points : 1682
Registration date : 2013-08-03

PostSubject: Re: Bitis arietans   Thu 5 Jun - 21:15

Liang, they are generally "lazy" snakes, preferring to move little as possible. I have found that smaller enclosures work better for them (less stress) than large enclosures.

In regards to feeding, I feed juveniles once a week, without skips, with a prey item no larger than the biggest part of the neck area. Adults I feed once every two weeks, with the prey not larger than then neck area of the snake. Has worked for me all these years.

Puff Adders can be gluttons in captivity, and that can be very detrimental to their health, and decrease their life-span considerably.
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