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Posted by Gex-anon on December 26, 2002 at 13:24:19:
In Reply to: Re: ATB versus GTP...which is better for a beginner? posted by davep on December 26, 2002 at 00:43:01:
Having kept and worked with both species, it is a toss up. Although I PREFER chondros over Amazons, I think as far as their necessities in captivity are concerned, they are about the same. Amazons seem more tolerant of smaller cages than chondros, but otherwise I don't believe they are any more or any less forgiving than the other when it comes to mistakes. If you have already got some snake experience and are committed to their care, I think either species would be fine for you.
As a rule, though, Amazons do tend to be more willing to reach out and touch someone. Although I've seen several very calm ones, these seem to be exceptions that prove the rule. I've seen more nice chondros than mean ones, and out of the 8 I currently own, half of them are very amenable to handling while the other half range from decent to downright nasty. However, they vary alot in personality.
The main question I would ask is what you want out of your snake? Neither of these species seem to like being handled very much and should be viewed more as display snakes. If you want something you can handle fairly regularly that is semi-arboreal to arboreal, you may want to go with a carpet python.
No matter what you choose, though, read all you can and best of luck!