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Re: Bitis peringueyi


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Posted by fmj on December 04, 2002 at 04:41:12:

In Reply to: Bitis peringueyi posted by Patrik on November 20, 2002 at 02:08:24:

Hi Patrick

I can help you with some of your questions -
I haven't got any, but they are native to the area in which I reside, Southern Africa. These snakes are often filmed in BBC documentaries and made out to be these massive side winding snakes, in truth they get to a maximum of 20cm/8inches. They are not particularly aggressive and their venom is a mild cytotoxic. They tame quite readily and survive in small tanks in the areas where I have seen them kept. They do have a specific dietery requirement and are thus difficult to satisfy if the right food is not obtained. They are desert dwelling snakes that burrow into the loose desert sand and flick their tail to attract other reptiles etc, normally small lizards and geckos.

Clayton




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