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Sometimes things are not what they seem to be..... in this case the one that often use tanathosis as a distraction


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Rinkhals ... it is not a Cobra!

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Rinkals
Mozambique spitting cobra
Black-necked spitting cobra
Black spitting cobra
Zebra cobra.

Ama i good or what?


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Imberbe wrote:
Rinkhals ... it is not a Cobra!
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Mozambique spitting Cobra
Black Necked spitting Cobra
Black spitting Cobra
Zebra Cobra (western-barred spitting cobra)


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Nope! Rinkhals is not a cobra :twisted:
It is also not a true spitter


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Now why is the Rinkhals not a Cobra? (related but not)


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It is not a cobra because its mother was not a cobra! :twisted:

Sorry ... :redface:

It differs from true Cobras in a few ways:

Its skeleton and scales is different.
It berths live young, where the cobras lays eggs.

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Pilane wrote:
Sometimes things are not what they seem to be...


Okay - i was one to be confused with the rinkhals theory but after looking at my relative sources - i will now agree that the Rinkhals is definately not a cobra as Imberbe stated some of the differences. This quiz is really interesting.

So where to from here?


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Over to you Imberbe. :clap:

Rinkhals- Keeled scales, Viviparous/ Cobras- smooth scales, ovoviparous and of course the sceletal diffs....
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It has been said that, when you pick up a tortoise, it will wee on you in self defence.

This is in fact not true!

Why do I say so?
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True :)

Tortoises do not have any major self-defence methods, except for their shell and they very rarely if ever bite. They will however, at times, urinate & defecate in defence.

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That why one shouldn't pick them up especially in the dry season or arid regions. It could lead to stress and dehydration


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Imberbe wrote:
It has been said that, when you pick up a tortoise, it will wee on you in self defence.

This is in fact not true!

Why do I say so?
:wink:


Somebody is not reading what Imberbe said :twisted:


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Tortoises will urinate when picked up due to stress and not in self defence. (It works well as a human deterent though)
They defecate and urinate simultanously as there is no seperate anal and bladder openings but a common opening the cloaca. Apart from urine being released they also release water that is stored in a sac in the cloaca called the bursa. This water is used for reabsorbtion by the body or sometimes it is also used during the egg- laying process.


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:clap: Pilane :clap: - I enjoyed that - learned alot here - thanks

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