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Posted by Brandon Osborne on January 14, 2003 at 19:46:16:
In Reply to: Nebie Help posted by Viper22 on January 14, 2003 at 15:59:40:
:Yeah i will have my first ever Green Tre Python in about the next month. I was wondering if maybe this setup would be ok fopr a neonate. I was thinking maybe a 10 gallon tank with a nice branch going all the way across or pve pipe going all the way across for a perch then a waterbowl below the perch. The substrate i was thinking of using was ReptiBark. This would only be a temporary enclosure for maybe a month or two. I am open to any and all suggestions. Thanks.
I would suggest spending a little more money, and get something VERY well started. Neonates, even if they are feeding for those you are buying from, can cause unbelievable stress to not only the snake, but to you also. If you do go with a neo, get one that has fed at least 10 or more times. The more the better.
With that said.......a ten gal. would hold a chondro well into it's second or third birthday. In my experience, large cages(relative to the size of the chondro) tend to stress the animals, and they will often hide under the substrate and cease feeding. I have a two year female I produced in 2001, that still likes her 15qt. Sterlite.....and she is at least 3' long.
The drawbacks to aquariums are, they don't hold heat well, and with an animals that needs good ventilation, they tend to dry out rather quickly......especially with a screen top. If you can make up for the loss of humidity, it shouldn't be a problem.
As for the substrate, I still choose the ugly old newsprint. It's cheap and clean. In my experience, some of the bark type substrates can grow mold rather quickly, even if it's not dirty. The best natural substrate I've used would be cypress mulch. It hold humidity well, doesn't mold, and is very cheap.
Always buy captive bred animals. The problems associated with imports outway the good. Many people can attest to this.