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Unread post by mfb » Sat Jun 17, 2006 10:15 am

basically from the anal shield to the tip is the tail
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Unread post by arks » Sun Aug 20, 2006 2:16 am

mafortini wrote:Thanks, forumites. Can anyone tell the sexes of the snakes? Is it two males in territorial combat or a courting couple?

Only just saw this and I think it is courting. Contrary to mfb's information, I was told by a guide at Biyamiti that the male puff adder has a "short, fat tail". In any case, your first pic clearly shows one short, fat tail, and one long, slender tail, so I'd think it is a courting couple. And great pix!! 8)
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Unread post by African Storm » Mon Aug 21, 2006 11:19 am

Wild about cats wrote:oooh...
Do the different sexes inject different amounts of venom when biting? :?: :?:

Don't thinks so...
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Unread post by Wild about cats » Sat Sep 23, 2006 9:51 am

Slithering across a dry riverbed...

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Sep 27, 2006 6:25 am

Agree with Pilane, chances of being killed by a puffadder is very very slim. Chances of losing a limb is very very good though. But non the less, you do not wanna get hit by a puffy. No matter what.
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Unread post by Pilane » Thu Sep 28, 2006 6:41 pm

By the way one of my friends found a baby puffadder in his house yesterday ( he thinks its a puffadder - markings are like puffadder but head is not diamond shaped and its a bit long for a puffadder)

Does anyone know what to feed it?

Some good advice......
You are looking for a disaster. :evil: Firstly it is illegal to catch or keep indigineous snakes without a permit.
Then trying to feed a puffy without knowing what you do? :shock: WARNING!!!! Baby or not!!!
Trust me it will hit you twice in a blink of an eye.
Then you stand the chance that the rodent will bite the snake which can cause serious infection and even kill the snake .. :cry:

A bit long for a puffy? what do you mean by that?

PM me if you need advice. (Please do not take it to a petshop either)

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Unread post by zeedoc » Fri Sep 29, 2006 9:05 am

Snake has been taken to some institute ( dont know name ) which deals with such creatures
They will identify it and probably keep it
Will keep forum posted on snake ID when it arrives

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Unread post by Radinoga1 » Sun Oct 01, 2006 2:17 pm

Great photo's.
What you saw there was a male on male battle for mating rights to a female.
The puffadder is one of the few snakes that just by looking at it can you tell with a certain degree of certainty what sex it is.
The males generally have long thick tails to house their 2 sexual organs called hemi-penes.(Present in all snakes)
The female has a short and slender tail.
Again this is just a guide line and not 100% positive.
During the mating season female puffies move around and release a scent/pheremoan that male snakes will pick up and follow. This is when the males will encounter each other and perform this ritualistic combat.
the aim is to throw the other one to the ground. They do not bite each other.

Yet again awesome pics

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Unread post by Grim Reaper » Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:53 am

Yup, I'm a huge snake fanatic!
Was phoned earlier this week at 21:30 to remove this one from someones garage. +/- 950mm, and very thick. Approximately 65mm in diametre.


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Unread post by Grim Reaper » Fri Feb 02, 2007 1:27 pm

You and I think that one is huge, then I guess you'll be able to guess how large it was after this...

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Unread post by Grim Reaper » Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:04 pm

And released it yesterday. About 5km out of town on a farm and about 10km into the farm. Safely in the veld again. :)

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Unread post by bucky » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:05 am

Check out this monster we saw in Kruger ,stretching the rulers at a huge 15 cm .


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Unread post by Little Simba » Sun Sep 02, 2007 10:18 am

Hi forumties,

i need your expert opionons. I just read a trip report in which is mentioned that someone saw a puffadder swimming in the chobe river!
I hardly believe...What do you think? Can puffadder swim?
Thank you very much in advance.

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Unread post by Jose » Sun Sep 02, 2007 1:00 pm

Yes, they can. For another eye witness report by none other than 1 of SA's top wildlife filmmakers, click here.

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Unread post by Pilane » Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:29 pm

Puffy's are powerfull swimmers

Most of our snakes swims well...

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