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Posted by Brandon Osborne on January 14, 2003 at 22:32:07:
In Reply to: Re: Nebie Help posted by Viper22 on January 14, 2003 at 20:15:06:
:The reason i would like to get a neo is because i would like to start out with a juevenile and watch it mature and grow and do its color change. I really don't want to start out with a adult. I would much rather get a juevenile. Could you suggest someone tat sells them in the 300-400 price range for a neo or juevenile. The humidity shouldn't be to much of a problem for me because i keep dart frogs and have misting systems and etc. Would you prefer a screen lid or a glass lid. The glass lid retains humidity very well but i'm not to sure on the ventilation. Just to let you know i'm not a total newbie to snakes or anything. I breed Ball Pythons and keep Posion Dart Frogs, but this will be my first GTP. Thanks.
Again, I would say start out with one a little older. Not an adult, but six months or older. Believe me, you will not have just one. There will be plenty of time to watch others mature. Besides, you can always find them at a larger size that haven't started the ontogenetic color change. I would have to say "buyer beware of the $300 babies." Most of the time, these aren't established feeders. Just something you should know.
As for the lid, a 50/50 or better yet, a 25% screen and 75% glass would be ok. Just as long as there is a good flow of fresh air.
As for ball pythons, IMO, they are a simple snake to provide for and breed. If you are good at keeping poison frogs, you should do well at keeping chondros, but again they are different. As long as you can provide the necessities, they will provide you with great pleasure and beauty. One of my females just shed today and went straight to the nest box. EGGS ARE ON THE WAY!!!!!!