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Posted by ls1grrrl on February 23, 2003 at 23:06:30:
In Reply to: Re: Help choosing please!?! posted by Andy_G on February 22, 2003 at 23:13:03:
While I agree that many arboreal boids tend towards being more aggressive than say your typical red tail boa, I have to disagree with the broad generalization of saying they are all extremely aggressive:
Amazon Basin Emerald Tree Boas in fact tend to be very docile snakes. This is the general agreement of all who own them. We own a yearling female who has only struck at anyone twice in her life - once when being sexed, and once when she was in hunt mode and my boyfriend made the mistake of putting his hand in her cage at night.
The couple we got her from own many, many emerald tree boas and the vast majority of them are docile snakes (Amazon Basins, New Locale and other localities alike). So, to say they nip at least weekly tells me you need to get a bit more experience with these snakes - Emeralds at least - before making broad generalizations about several species.
I absolutely agree that a classroom environment isn't the best for arboreal boids as they tend to stress easily and their proper environments are more difficult to maintain than a corn snake's requirements. The require more humidity, less heat, stricter feeding guidelines and are generally less forgiving than other boids and colubrids.
:There are a few extremely popular breeds of python/boa around that range at an adult size from 3-6 feet in length, but all specie that are truly aboreal are EXTREMELY agressive and have quite large teeth for holding prey such as birds. The Amazon Tree Boa, Emerald Tree Boa and Green Tree Python are the three main aboreal specie around. Out of the three, the Green Tree Python is usually the least agressive, but I have not heard of any specimen of any of these three that don't nip on at least a weekly basis. I don't reccomend small aboreal for a classroom, however, a good semi-aboreal specie that maxes out at 6 feet for a male is a Jungle Carpet Python. These are sometimes quite fickle as babies but generally calm down as they age.
::I currently have a reverse okeetee corn, and have had him for a couple years. I am a school teacher, and am going to be keeping him in the classroom to teach the children. So, I am in the market for a new snake. I like the size of the corn (5-6' max.). However, I was thinking of getting something aboreal. I know some of the constrictor's are aboreal, but I assume they are too big. Is there a breed that is around 5-6'? Thanks, cheers!