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Posted by Chris H. on December 07, 2000 at 07:50:37:
In Reply to: Survival of captive Tentacled Snake (Erpeton tentaculatum) posted by Dr. I. Zuri. Herpetologist behavioral ecologist on November 20, 2000 at 17:33:04:
I unfortunately can document failures -
I have tried over the years to keep A. granulatus juveniles, A. javanicus and Erpeton and have lost all three species due to fungal infections (assuming the white pustules on the skin were fungus).
Most of the time, I was living in an area with water with a high pH (around 7.8) and had the fungal problems regardless of what I did. The snakes would be fine for a couple of weeks and then the fungus would set in. Water changes didn't seem to help.
In the wild, I have collected young A. granulatus in sea grass next to coral reefs. I can't imagine the pH there was low!
I would love to hear the definitive answer on this as I think these species are among the most fascinating snakes!