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Posted by GaboonKeeper on January 24, 2003 at 17:12:34:
In Reply to: Re: question for meretseger posted by zak on January 24, 2003 at 08:26:03:
I will have to say that the mortality rate would be much less in captive bred animals..... Fact being they are less likely to get as stressed as wild caughts and they are for the most part much stronger than wild caughts..... Also the fact that they are less likely to have diseases or infections...... Gaboons for the most part are pretty calm but if provoked WILL strike out..... If a gaboon strikes at you and you are in its range, chances are you will get bit..... They almost never miss its intended target..... I have only been struck at by a couple of neonates.... But that is not to say that adults will not strike at you..... My adult have never attempted to strike at me..... They mostly just huff and puff for a minute then relax..... I make it a habit not to tail vipers at all..... They are too big and too strong...... I have done it in the past and lucked out but I do not take the chance anymore..... Especialy with gaboons...... The double hook method is the best for big vipers..... They sit quietly and are quite comfotable on two hooks...... In my opinion Bitis are some of the most rewarding species to work with...... They are pretty easy to handle (even the big ones) but are not the easiest to keep..... They are strictly for the advanced venomous keeper...... IMO......