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 Bitis gabonica husbandry questions

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Nils Kley
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PostSubject: Bitis gabonica husbandry questions   Wed 16 Mar - 22:06

Hi,

I've quite recently obtained a five year old male Bitis gabonica from a private owner. Currently, the animal is kept in a forex tank of 2 x 0,5 x 0,7 (length x width x height) that originally contained Tarahumara Mountain Boas. Heating consists of a 250W radiant heater (obtained from the previous tank owner) that is on 24/7. Lowest temperature at 24°C on the ground and 32°C in the upper level of the tank. I'm wondering whether switching to 150W (or rearranging the heating system completely) would be of merit and help me maintain a higher level of humidity (damping the tank about 3 times a week). Furthermore, I'm afraid that the uptake of water by the snake is insufficent and would like to ask whether any of you can offer solid advice on that behalf. The former owner performed a rather forceful "dip the face into the water dish" method to get the animal drinking, which I'd rather not follow to minimize the stress for the animal.
Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Mike Brown
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PostSubject: Re: Bitis gabonica husbandry questions   Sun 20 Mar - 13:11

Hello Nils. To get your Bitis gabonica to drink, you can try getting a squirt bottle and applying a steady stream to the snakes mouth (from a distance obviously). My Bitis arietans will drink that way. Another trick is to soak the snake in water and/or spray the snake with a spray bottle while in the water.
As for your caging, i can offer much advice as its different equipment than what I have experience with. I keep my Bitis at 77-80F and mist the cage for humidity when needed. Great looking setup though!
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Nils Kley
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PostSubject: Re: Bitis gabonica husbandry questions   Mon 21 Mar - 16:08

Hi Mike,

thank you for your reply and advice as well as for the compliment; it's certainly of advantage to have a botanical garden closeby Wink. I've already tried the squirt bottle and the soaking; he sure isn't too fond of that, but will have to do with it for the time being.
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