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Posted by Ferdelance_1 on November 26, 2002 at 19:31:16:
In Reply to: Asiatic Naja questions.... posted by Jeremy G on November 26, 2002 at 12:57:53:
:After reading through Wolfgang's kick arse site (very good job WW!)a few questions poped into my mind regarding various sp of Asiatic Naja.
:First off, lets start with Naja naja. It would seem that a good majority of the reconized Asiatic Naja are spitters, correct? I alos know Naja kaouthia has been known to spit as well, from time to time. Im curious, has spitting been recored from any populations of Naja naja? Do they posess the fang structure to do so like kaouthia? Im quessing not for im sure it would have poped up in conversation prior but I figured Id find out for certin.
Yes of the eleven (11) asiatic species nine are known to possess the ability to spit. I don't know for certain about anything on record that would substantiate Naja naja as being a "spitter" , however, neither Naja naja nor Naja oxiana possess any fang modifications. There are slight modifications in N. kaouthia, N. atra, N. sagittifera and N. philippinensis. Fang modification is more pronounced in N. sumatrana, N. sputatrix, N. siamensis, N. samarensis, and N. mandalayensis.
:Secondly, isnt it true that the commonly called Fromosa Island Naja kaouthia are not from the Island Fromosa(which I belive is called somthing else now?)and are simply an abbarent form? If I remember correctly, isnt the only Naja sp found there Naja atra? Also, didnt all of this confusion arise because of similar looking abbarent Naja atra which have been known from the Island?
Naja atra is correct, and Taiwan was formerly known as Formosa.
:Also, if anyone knows, were did the abbarent kaouthia orginaly come from? I think Ive heard Thialand before but cant remember.
:Ok, last question. Regarding Naja sagittifera (this ones mostly for WW)does anyone have a picture of an adult specimen? The juvi pictured on Wolfgang's site simply blows my mind everytime I look at it and im curious if the adults retain any of that interesting pattern.
Good Question ! ! !
:Welp, thanks in advance guys!