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    My wife's first venomous

    Well, when we started expanding the collection over the course of the last year and change, my wife had been eyeing one species for a while but wanted to ensure she got exactly what she wanted.

    Recently one became available that was a holdback for Alexander England and it was absolutely stunning! Now, this is NOT a beginner species, but it stays in our venomous room locked down and we work with it together. That being said, here is our latest addition: Atheris squamigera - Variable African Bush Viper


    Settling in his new enclosure for the time being.


    And a nice studio shot after unpacking him before moving him to be left alone for the next few days.

    This was a yellow-orange neonate that is now 8 months old, as it continues to age the red should continue to take over making it a very fine squam indeed!

    Note: no antivenin exist for squam and they are extremely toxic. These arboreal Vipers are fast, have long striking ranges, and have caused an adult male to drop in 15 minutes due to loss of blood pressure after taking a bite. I feel it needs to be insisted further this is not a starter species or one to be taken lightly! Even though this is her first hot, it's simply the first she chose. She's been working with all of our hots including the cobra since we've taken them home.

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    I find bush vipers absolutely stunning. I have no expertise, nor desire to keep hots. It's just not for me, but for those of you who do so responsibly, I say it's pretty awesome. Continue your safe practices, and thank you for sharing. Your wife definitely picked a beautiful snake!
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    Re: My wife's first venomous

    Ok...is it just me or is that snake super cute?? I LOVE its short little snout!! &its tail looks like it has a stinger 😎 smokin hot!!

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    Re: My wife's first venomous

    Quote Originally Posted by Hlow87 View Post
    Ok...is it just me or is that snake super cute?? I LOVE its short little snout!! &its tail looks like it has a stinger smokin hot!!

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    No. it's most definitely adorable.


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    Re: My wife's first venomous

    This photo is fabulous , what a beaut !!


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    Gorgeous animals. I love my squam. Alexander England is a great guy too, I talk with him daily. He just got a gunmetal grey squam which I'm hoping the babies are going to be that color, though I'm sure they'll carry a hefty price tag of being a true CBB.

    Also, while no specific anti venin exists, they have had some luck using Echis Polyvalent with bites. Atheris species venom has not been researched in depth though but it is hemotoxic. I know they have two reported deaths.

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    Love the studio photo btw.
    Last edited by Neal; 01-13-2017 at 07:44 AM.
    -Colubrids-
    0.0.2 - Rhamphiophis rostratus (Rufous Beaked)
    1.0.0 - Elaphe climacophora (Kunashir Island Rat Snake)

    -Venomous-
    1.0.0 - Atheris squamigera (Variable Bush Viper)
    0.1.0 - Naja annulata (Banded Water Cobra)


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