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Posted by orthopode on November 27, 2002 at 12:37:27:
In Reply to: GTP??????????????? posted by Maxwell The BD on November 25, 2002 at 14:43:52:
I think that all the previous posts have very good points...here are my 2 cents.
These are 2, very different snakes that have very different needs. Besides their good look, you really need to ask yourself why you would want them. A good part of keeping GTP is also IMO the challenge of providing them with the best environment possible. Being arboreal, nocturnal, more delicate and easily stressed, it is a whole different ballgame but that's also why I love them...If cost is a concern to you, you have to realize that not only the GTP cost 2 or 3 times as much, you have to spend a fair amount in the setup also...It is true that if you have an adequate set up and you are able to provide adequate conditions to your GTP they are relatively easy to keep (as long as they are healthy). If anything goes wrong however it can become an expensive and disappointing ordeal. Unlike ball, they do not tolerate climatic changes (humidity, heat, draft, power failure, heater breakdown...) very well. Once sick, I believe that you have more chances of curring a ball than a GTP.
Almost all balls are mellow and easy to handle and probably most GTP are also relatively tame...once in a while one will try to nail you and a few of them cannot be handled without thick gloves and a dose of craziness...you need to be aware of it because it may be yours...
If you can't decide between GTP and ball...have you considered an alternative? the jungle carpet python has in my opinion a little bit of both...regardless of your choice, don't get caught unprepared, know exactly what you are getting yourself into before you commit...Good luck in your quest!!!