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Posted by fmj on December 04, 2002 at 04:35:44:
In Reply to: Growth rate for female Bitis arietans posted by Al-Ameen on November 23, 2002 at 22:46:41:
This info may be able to help you. I kept many B. arietans about 2 years ago, the only growth rates that I paid any attention to was a male specimen of 55". I fed him 2x fully grown House Rats or up to 5 House Mice every 2 weeks, though he would eat whenever I fed him. Over a period of around 6 months he had grown another 5". I would hazard a guess here and say that under optimal conditions, your female should grow at one inch every 2 to 3 months. The largest female I had was 47" long but she had defecating problems and didn't grow at any discernable rate over a 3 month period. If you would like, I can contact freinds of mine at another game reserve in the area as he may have a little more information on growth rates of smaller puffies that he had while I worked with him.