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Van Wyksdorp - Klein Karoo South Africa | 2013 (1)

Publication Date : 2013-10-31
Author/s : Vernon Gibbs-Halls


TILL DEATH DO US PART!!!!   

The Sad Story of a Puff Adder! 

Picture2.pngWhilst exploring Moose Valley in the Little Karoo, Farm Owners of Number 7 , Tracey and Peter Pharoah came across this amazing scene. Two puff adders in the road mating. However, a car had obviously killed the female who was dead. This did not seem to deter the male who was still engaging in the ‘act’. Peter was at the brave rescue and with great care and difficulty eventually managed to separate the pair, allowing the male to safely reach the other side of the road.

The puff adder snake is an ovoviviparous animal. This means that they bear live young after developing in eggs inside the mother's body. During birth a female may give birth to around 70-80 at a time.  Sometimes though, a normal batch may be around 20-40. The puff adder holds the record for the largest birth of offspring at 156 young. When the young are born they come out of the mother's body in egg-cases. The young break free of their leathery confinement almost immediately, almost within minutes of their birth.

When they are born the young look exactly like the adults, just in a smaller form. snake, like most other animals, may become more sensitive toward others. They will be more aggressive and likely to strike if they feel even the least bit threatened.

Photos Courtesy of Tracey Pharoah

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Puffadder Rescue
Puffadder Rescue
Puffadder Rescue
Puffadder Rescue
KINGDOM / PHYLUM
Animalia, phylum Arthropoda
CLASS / ORDER / SUB ORDER
class Insecta
order Lepidoptera
Heterocera Rhopalocera
SUPERFAMILIES
Hesperioidea Hedyloidea Papilionoidea
Papilionidae, Pieridae, Lycaenidae, Riodinidae, and Nymphalidae
AUTHOR / COPYRIGHT
Author : James Smith
Photography : Dean Jones
Video : Malcolm Johnson
Copyright John Smith

 

ingdom Animalia, phylum Arthropoda, class Insecta, and order Lepidoptera. Generally, the order Lepidoptera is broken down into two sub-orders: Heterocera (the “varied-antennaed” moths) and the “club-antennaed” Rhopalocera, the sub-order to which the butterflies belong. The Rhopalocera sub-order includes 3 superfamilies: The true butterfly superfamily contains 5 families of butterflies: Papilionidae, Pieridae, Lycaenidae, Riodinidae, and Nymphalidae.

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