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Posted by Wes on September 07, 1999 at 22:10:47:
In Reply to: Re: Red Phase Western Coachwhip posted by Jean Lobel on September 07, 1999 at 19:00:33:
: I have always been interested in Coachwhips and Black racers, but they are so fast and hard to catch. Here in South Alabama close to the Florida line there is a lot of cover vegetation,and if you see one streaking across the road they are gone to cover before you can catch them.I always had better luck catching Rat snakes. What size cage did you put the Coachwhip in?
: So much has been said about racer's fit-throwing,and constant habit of roaming that I was discouraged about keeping one.With more forum support maybe I will try it.To me they are among the most beautiful and graceful snakes.In the Spring I see them flirting each other around the yard(I live in the woods)and they are so extremely fast chasing each other.I wish somebody would post care sheets for both species.
: Good luck,
:Woops I accidentally pressed ENTER. At present, I'm just keeping him (I'm pretty sure its a male) in large sweater box. I'll be building a larger cage for him soon. This cage will be six to eight square feet. It'll be 1 1/2 to 2 feet deep, four feet long, and about 1 1/2 feet high. I'm really interested in seeing how he will act when I provide so much room, plenty of cover, and a basking area. My coachwhip is very active especially when I take him out. It's best to handle all racers and coachwhips very gently and let them move around while keeping them under control. If they do something like a body roll I just loosen my grip a bit and wait for them to calm down. Trying to restrain them is probably the worse thing you can do. I haven't ever kept Black Racers or Eastern Coachwhips, but I've caught plenty of both (well, a lot more racers than coachwhip.) Usually the best way to catch a coachwhip is to surprise it under some sort of cover (i.e., plywood and tin roofing.) Without the element of surprise you usually get left in the dust. Of course, that can happen even when you think you have the advantage. I would really love to see more interest in these energetic snakes. To anybody on this forum: Please feel free to e-mail me anytime.