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Unread postby Pilane » Mon Oct 22, 2007 6:36 pm

I don't know if that is the answer Imberbe wants though....
lets wait and see

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Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Oct 22, 2007 9:42 pm

:clap: Well done Pilane!

Yes, a reptile do not urinate like a mammal. The white tip on their dung is in fact the uric acid that they excrete, this is a paste not a liquid.

The water released is not urine, though it is a form of self defence triggered by a stressful situation (Not very effective in my opinion.).

Like Pilane said, it is in fact their water supply which is held in a sac, since they are not that mobile and getting water can at times be a problem. And yes, this is the reason why you should not pick them up, it can lead to them releasing the water supply and in the end having dehydration problems and even dying.

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Unread postby Pilane » Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:04 pm

Tortoises can normally right themselfs when turned over, but sometimes depending on the surface and factors like mud and rocks the are unable to do so.They then eventually die.

What is normally the cause of death and why?

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Unread postby naturelover » Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:18 pm

Hi all

Could it be because of dehydration because of beoing out of contact with water?

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Unread postby Pilane » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:16 pm

Nope
They can survive for some time without water. They also get hydration from thier food.

Something to do with the weight of something because they don't have something to prevent this :twisted:

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Unread postby jfthibeau » Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:09 am

I think that they do not have a diaphragm like we do, so the organs put pressure on the lungs, causing suffocation in these position.
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Unread postby Pilane » Thu Oct 25, 2007 6:36 pm

Well done jfthibeau :clap:

I am impressed! :wink:

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Unread postby timbo » Thu Oct 25, 2007 6:38 pm

jfthibeau wrote:I think that they do not have a diaphragm like we do, so the organs put pressure on the lungs, causing suffocation in these position.


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Unread postby jfthibeau » Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:40 am

:roll: .... okeeee .... I try this one ... :redface:

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1) ID ?
2) Habitat ?
3) is it dangerous for human ?
4) What occurs when captured ?
5) how many eggs ?

... :redface: .... I think it's not so difficult for such experts like you ... :wink:
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Unread postby Pilane » Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:07 am

Nice one
- meant I knew nobody will get it :twisted:


Southern File snake Maheyla capensis (3 species in this genus)

No danger to man

Nocturnal snake which prefer moist savanna feeding almost exclusivly on other snakes.

When caught they excrete a nice aroma from glands above the cloaca- hulle vrot man! :twisted:

Eggs..... mmmmm difficult one- text book or real..... most I've seen (5)12 (depending on the size of the snake)
More than one cluth a season is not unusual

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Unread postby jfthibeau » Sat Oct 27, 2007 10:22 am

... yessssssss Pilane .... :clap: :clap:


CAPE FILE SNAKE / SUIDELIKE VYLSLANG (Mehelya capensis)

The triangular body with rough, strongly keeled scales is characteristic.

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5-13 eggs (47-55 x 20-31 mm) in summer and more than 1 clutch may be laid in a season

The Cape File snak appears to have some immunity to snake venoms.

Many african communities regard this snake as a harbinger of death.

:dance: ... now ... over to you Pilane .... :lol: :D :
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Unread postby Pilane » Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:08 pm

What was the most recent South African snake described and in which year? :wink:

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Unread postby Zippy Zebra » Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:10 pm

Pilane :twisted: clue :?
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Unread postby Pilane » Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:46 pm

Ok.... It has hinged front fangs..... occurs only in a very small area in SA. On the smallish side. Nothing known abouts its venom.......

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Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:52 pm

Could it be the Southern Forest Worm Snake? (Suidelike woudererdslangetjie)
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