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    Posted: 19 Oct 2007 at 2:16pm
Went out yesterday, and was flabbergasted to see a gravid female VB out in Anglesey. Is anyone else still seeing gravid females now? I guess the sorry excuse for a summer we have been having this year has taken its toll on this animal. Let's hope for some more nice warm days, looks like the poor beasts need every last photon they can get...

here some piccies of a (definitely not gravid) male also seen yesterday:





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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AndyS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Oct 2007 at 2:22pm

Wow Nice close up what camera are you using?

Was the head shot a close macro shot or a zoom in shot?

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Canon EOS 400D, 100 mm Canon macro - no cropping or zooming in.

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Lovely pics Wolfgang. Interesting that you saw a gravid fem this late, do you think you'll be able to find her again? The only Gravid viper I know of at the mo is my ammodytes here in the garage, I think she's about 9-14 days away now.

It's interesting that the poor summer may have caused her to be so late. I've alway read that tempreture does not affect the period of being gravid in captive snakes .
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Hi Alan,

No idea whether it's the poor summer really... just guesswork - Tony will know better when he's back online...

I will go again in a few days if it's till nice to check what the score is - if she's gravid, she'll still be around, or the offspring will. Fingers crossed...

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