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Posted by Brandon Osborne on January 07, 2003 at 12:21:45:
In Reply to: care requirements posted by djairam on January 07, 2003 at 08:52:52:
:I've read that the GTP'S are not for beginners or novices. what makes them a more difficult snake to care for? is it their habitat requirements, feeding requirements, their temperament, etc...?
I wouldn't necessarily say that chondros are difficult to keep, especially if you have a few years of knowledge and a little common sense. In my opinion, the toughest part would be getting the temps and humidity down. If you can manage to get that right, the battle is half over. The only other thing that may stress you out would be the first year that your male went off feed. The first year it happened to me, my male fed in early sept. and did not feed until april the next year. I was a little stressed to say the least, but this happens to anyone that keeps adults.
As for temperments, it varies from animal to animal. I have 9 chondros in my collection now, and only two or three will bite........and feeding is usually not a problem, as all of mine eat frozen thawed, and I even have a couple of imports.
If you plan on getting into chondros, get as much info as you can, and make sure you are ready for more than just one. Get your cage set up and calculated, and ALWAYS buy CAPTIVE BRED....it will save you the headaches.