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Old 04-08-2014, 04:56 PM   #13
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Default Re: Gabon viper loose in Mt. Pleasant

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Originally Posted by Master Bedroom View Post
At the risk of sounding ignorant...is it possible this snake could breed with another type of snake?
Not real familiar with foreign breeds of snakes, but from what Little I know
about most of them, they can be cross bred only with snakes of their
type / species. Saying, there are a range of different sub species of
snakes that will easily interbred (ie: A forrest cobra, will breed with a
Indian Cobra, or King Cobra, or Monocled Cobra etc.....), but they won't
cross bred outside the species. A lot of non venomous snakes do, but it's
rare for them to do so in the wild....they have successfully cross bred certain
different species of non ven. snakes in captivity.

They only other venomous snakes that it might possibly breed with would
be Timber Rattlesnakes and Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes. Those
are very abundtant down there. There are also Cottonmouths that get
pretty big, but I doubt the cross breeding of those species would happen.
I'd say it's next to impossible for them to breed with any of the snakes
in the area. Hopefully it will be found or die out in the colder climate this
winter. If not, then let's just hope for the best case scenario and that
it doesn't find another Gaboon to mate with.
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