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Posted by Whalesong on May 02, 2003 at 15:52:13:
In Reply to: live plants? posted by SaraFox on May 01, 2003 at 22:43:48:
It sounds to me like you are sacrificing the comfort of your ball pythons for the sake of your landscaping! I think you hsould take your lovely plants out, grow them in pots on your patio or windowsill, and put in a fake plant that won't outgrow your enclosure. Ball Pythons don't climb trees and they don't live in groups, so I would not put any more snakes in that cage. Keep a nice bushy small fake or live plant (consider an asparagus fern or even a simple spider plant) for them to hide in (along with some rock caves) and be ready to separate them when they get to be adult size. An enclosure that is too big can actually scare your little babies into hiding and starving, so keep them in smaller containers until they are longer than their cage, then move them into the bigger one.
I know, you already spent all kinds of money on your new tank, but maybe you can re-sell it or return it. Get two 40-gallons for your two snakes, have the Ivy and a couple rock caves. If you can't return it, consider an arboreal snake (tree boa?) that will love your tall tree-filled cage. If you can't keep both the two babies in the 40's and a tree boa (or something) in the tree cage, then there are dozens of people on this forum (myself included) that will gratefully take your little baby girls and pay for shipping.
Sorry about the long post, it's just my personal opinion. Good Luck :)
:I have had a pothos in with my baby python for a while now, but I'm buying a much larger cage and planning to put in a fuller pothos and some ivy. They should be alright with her, shouldn't they? Also, I bought a 'creeping ficus' (ficus pumila)... any one know if this is ok before I put it in there as well? She loves to sit in the plants in the middle of the day.
:Also, how many baby balls could go comfortable into a 90 gallon? I think it would be a 90 tall, and it is cross-vented also. I have two baby girls now, but I plan to buy one, maybe two more. Could I keep 3 or 4 babies in this cage without any problems? I will buy another when they get too big for it if it does become a problem.