I have noticed something about my gargoyle gecks recently. They LITERALLY ARE THE BEST EATERS EVER. Allll my other gecks are picky. Except the gargoyle geckos. Idk if it's just mine or something but her baby is growing like a weed and eating fantastic. I recommend a garg to anyone who knows the care. They are so awesome.
My panther Chameleon family enjoying some SoCal rays in January! The first two are Rasta the following two are Morpheus. Then my Female Lucy, who triple clutched this year with a total of 110 eggs in the incubator. Finally the new little Nosy Faly Panther I have yet to chose a name for. Let me know if anyone’s got any good ideas? Thanks @reptilesreptropolis for all the super cool Chameleons. #pantherchameleon#herps#southerncalifornia
Common Boomslang (Dispholidus typus viridis) male from KZN.
Drop for drop the most venomous snake in Africa but it is extremely reluctant to bite and has a slow-acting haemotoxic venom. Victims have ample time to get to a hospital. There is a highly effective monovalent antivenom for the venom of this snake. In his book Snakes of Zimbabwe and Botswana Dr. Don Broadley split the southern African population of Boomslang into two subspecies - the Cape Boomslang (Dispholidus typus typus) that occurs from the northern Western Province to the central Eastern Province whereas the Common Boomslang (Dispholidus typus viridis) occurs from the northeastern Eastern Cape into KZN, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Gauteng, Northwest, the northeastern Northern Cape and northwards into Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and further north.
Palestine Viper - Daboia Palestinae, Jordan
These vipers are distrubuted across a wide rage of habitats, including close to human settlements. Like most other vipers, their venom is mainly cyto- and haemotoxic. They posess a large quantity of SV metalloproteases which destroy blood cells and disrupt membrane integrity in the victim. Additionally, they carry Kallikrein enzymes responsible for severe bleeding and both coagulant and anticoagulant properties.
For a snake, reproducing its venom after a bite is extremely energy consuming and it speeds up their metabolism for a couple of days by up to 20%. Heavy and continuous exercising will speed up yours by just as much as 5%. This is why snakes avoid biting at all times and why they have developed warning signals such as hissind and puffing. #daboia#daboiapalaestinae#venomoussnake
Wishing my good 🐍 snake-friend and office gal-pal all the scaley best as she goes off to the Everglades to work as an invasive reptile and amphibian biologist with UF's CrocDocs! I'm so proud of you @nikkijenn and I'll be down there soon! (Probably the nicest thing I've ever said about/to her 😘) @lindycheese we miss youuuuuu, come see ussssss.
The latest adventure...rescuing two northern water snakes out of someone's basement. They found a nice cozy place to hibernate but the owners didn't want to leave them there...so much so that they cut multiple holes in their drywall so that they could be taken out lol. They will spend the rest of winter at Stony Creek Nature Center until it's warm enough for release.