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Posted by Jan Grathwohl on August 21, 2002 at 13:06:21:
In Reply to: My First Rear-Fang posted by Wes on August 19, 2002 at 11:59:16:
I might be able to help you with the key for the species you are searching for.
The genus is split into three species: alluaudi, madagascariensis and pseudoalluaudi. The species seen in captivity is to my knowledge always madagascariensis (also often called nasuta, and older name not valied anymore).
The following is taken directly from Glaw & Vences, 1994 (see below for full reference).
L. madagascariensis: Males have a light brown back and a yellow venter with a distinct white line at the border between both colours. Females are grey-brownish with small irregular markings.
L. alluaudi: greyish brown with brownish transverse markings. Males don't show the typical colouration of L. madagascariensis but are rather uniformly greyish. Female L. alluaudi have a jutting supraocular scale.
L. pseudoalluaudi: Uniformly greyish brown. Only known from a single female. The female has jutting supraocular scales as those of alluaudi, but different body proportions and a different structure of the nasal appendage.
Glaw, F. & M. Vences. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Second Edition. Vences & Glaw Verlag, 480 pp.
Hope this helps with the key...
:Well I finally bought my first rear-fang a few weeks ago at the Hamburg show. I bought a pair of madagascar leaf-nosed snakes. Awesome little guys. Well anyway I've got a few questions. Are there any keys for differentiating between the few Langaha species. Also does anyone know of any dealers that sell anoles for around 2 bucks or so and don't have to ship overnight. I'm only in high school and 10 to 12 bucks a week for these snakes alone, not to mention my others, is hurting my wallet. Here's a pic I took of my male eating one of those over priced buggers.