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Posted by dan felice on February 28, 2003 at 04:39:43:
In Reply to: Please tell, how's thier tempers? and also... posted by Nokturnel Tom on February 26, 2003 at 21:53:13:
:Do they need very large enclosures? I drool over the ones at the San Antonio Zoo every time I visit and think they're impressive looking snakes. My collection is up to 25 various colubrids and I am running out of room and just can't see myself getting too many more animals in the future[yeah right!]I had my eye on these snakes for a while but people have told me they're mean and hard to handle, and not the easiest snake to work with as far as breeding. I almost bought one recently but seeing how the ones in the zoo were almost always climbing about thier enormous enclosures I figured it was not the right time for me to own one. I could see how an 8 ft snake would be annoyed in a 3 ft enclosure. Maybe someday I will go for it, but not til I have the room. My Pines are hard enough to find room for! Any info is appreciated, please list some pros and cons of this species. Thanks Tom
tom, you're right in that they would resent being put in a 3' box. they are arboreal and appreciate a vertical tank suited to climbing complete w/ both horizontal and vertical perches. mine are wc ltc's that have calmed down alot over the years and understand now that i do sometimes enter the cage w/out having a fit and that sometimes there's something in my hand that they may want. the largest [and oldest] one comes 'uncomfortably' close to my face when i open up to see what's going on. i take that close-up as a sign of trust on her part and she has never bitten me. overall i'd say that they have dropped their guard except in one area.....no touching! that unsettles them. but as a display animal though they are hard to beat!