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Posted by jack deryke on June 09, 2001 at 22:42:36:
In Reply to: Is it possible for racers to be good captives?... posted by sb on June 08, 2001 at 23:34:55:
: Do racers ever make good captives? I have never seen one what was. For that matter, I never saw one that you could put your hands on and not draw back a bloody mess. :) I think they can be really pretty though.
Agreed. They do not make good corn-snake-type pets. My small adult Speckled Racer seems non-typical in that I CAN grab him bare-handed and instead of biting, he thrashes violently until I get him close to the head with a second hand. Then its as if he says, "OK, game's over" and lays calmly in my hand until his cage cleaning is through. On the other hand, my Southern black-racer-from-hell was difficult to handle even with welders gloves on! 25 to 30 hard bites during a normal 10-minute cage cleaning was average. Both were wild-caught yearlings. Enjoy them in the cage, not as a handle-able pet IMHO.