Baby Tan Squamigera For Sale Bush Viper
The Baby Tan Squamigera For Sale Bush Viper (Atheris squamigera) has a compressed body, with scales that are strongly keeled. The dorsal surface of the head is covered with small keeled scales, one of its most distinct features. Typical coloration for is yellowish-green on the dorsum and venter, helping to camouflage it in its natural habitat. Females tend to be slightly larger than males, reaching an average length of 71.2 cm. The average recorded size for males is 65.7 cm. The head is typically larger than their neck, and is triangular. Nasal orientation is lateral, and the openings are partly divided. The snout has a roundish tip and is reltively short. Compared with most other snake species, A. squamigera also has relatively large eyes. It has long, tubular, hollow fangs, which are supplied with venom by a gland located on the upper jaw, between the eyes and mouth. These retractable fangs are connected to a bone that can shift posteriorly within the upper jaw to house the fangs.
Average lifespan for green bush vipers has not been documented. Most vipers live 10 to 20 years in the wild. It has been suggested that captive vipers may live longer because risk factors such as predation, disease, and diet are controlled. (Minakami, 1979)
Atheris squamigera is nocturnal and like other vipers, is an ambush predator. As such, it spends a large amount of time laying in wait for potential prey to enter its immediate environment. Once in range, A. squamigera strikes very rapidly, with speeds recorded in milliseconds. It spends large amounts of time in one place due to this predatory behavior. Except during mating periods, A. squamigera is a solitary species.
Atheris squamigera is carnivorous. It does most of its hunting at night and is an ambush predator. It feeds mainly on small, nocturnal mammals such as shrews and rodents. Less commonly, it feeds on birds and small reptiles. Juveniles feed on reptiles more often than their adult counterparts. Like other vipers, A. squamigera adults often prey on adolescent snakes of their own species. The venom of A. squamigera is lethal and is used to subdue and kill prey prior to ingestion. In humans, the bite of A. squamigera often causes fever, hemorrhaging, and death.
Although the specific mating system of vipers are typically seasonally monogamous. During courtship, male and female vipers face one another, followed by head and body gestures, which allow for mounting. For example, males often approach their mate while swaying their head side to side in order to engage a female. (Antonio, 1980; Minakami, 1979)is currently unknown,
reproduces once yearly, typically during the wet season (May to August). Mating occurs most often at night cycle, between 6 pm to 2 am. Once the eggs are fertilized, gestation lasts for 2 months. On average, 7 to 9 offspring are produced. Females reach reproductive maturity 42 months after birth. Males are capable of reproduction much earlier, typically after 24 months.