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Posted by Brandon Osborne on November 29, 2002 at 01:07:23:
In Reply to: cage size posted by paulstephen on November 28, 2002 at 22:30:02:
:What size enclousers are people houseing their GTP's in. Would a 4 foot tall by 3 foot wide by 2 feet deep (give or take a few inches) be adequete? I always like to give my herps large enclousers. How active are they. If they had a larger cage, would they utelize the space? And are the handelable? Thank you very much.
I would say an average size cage for an adult chondro would be a 2'x2'x2' cube. Some have cages that will allow a horizontal thermal gradient vs. the verical gradient. Chondros don't need a large amount of room, as compared to most snakes. Some very large and successful breeders use 20 gal. aquariums for breeders. It really depends on your idea of maintenance and space for you animal.
Your enclosure is plenty big, although you would want to place plenty of folage for hiding. Some animals become very stressed in large cages. They will let you know when they are stressed. Some may utilize the amount of space, and some may just sit in their favorite spots. It all depends on the individual.
Most are very active at dusk, usually a few minutes after lights out. If an animal is active during the daytime, it may be an indication of stress or illness. Sometimes adult males will be active and consistantly roam their cages in search of females. This will generaly happen in the fall and winter months, when breeding season occurs. Males will also stop feeding at this time, and may not resume feeding until the following spring.
As far as handling,,,,,,most will tolerate moderate handling. Again, it all depends on the individual animal. If handling is a concern, you may want to get an older animal that is used to being handled.
In my opinion, for those that want to get into chondros, it's best to start with yearlings or adults. The work involved in raising babies can be stressful to owners. Most of the problems are already worked out of older animals. And remember to always buy CAPTIVE BRED AND BORN from a reliable breeder.