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Posted by greg schroeder on November 27, 2002 at 15:46:47:
In Reply to: GTP??????????????? posted by Maxwell The BD on November 25, 2002 at 14:43:52:
:Hello everyone, i would like to know if i should get a gtp or a ball python. I've heard great things about both of them, and i think both are absolutely beatiful. your thoughts are appreciated.
Just a few more point in addition to the thoughts from others.
Both of these types of snakes are available in the marketplace as either captive bred and hatched or imported wild caught. Green tree pythons that are imported do terrible and unless you're good with the medications, I mean really good, just plan on the snake dying if you don't have a good vet. As mentioned before ball pythons can take some abuse so you might be doing ok with it surviving along with parasites, but be ready for a snake that has no clue what food looks like. Ball pythons often times are imprinted on native food items and have little interst in our mice and rats.
The solution is to buy from a reputable breeder that can offer pictures of parents, feeding records and a bit about hand on experience of the animal your looking to buy. Maybe go as far as asking a good breeder for breeding pictures of the parents and hatch pictures. Any breeder that likes what they're doing will be happy to show off their efforts. Captive produced reptiles will invariably do exponentially better than sick and diseased wild caught.
Oh, also "farm raised" often times really means wild caught.