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Posted by Stephanie on July 06, 2001 at 19:47:09:
In Reply to: Coachwhips vs. Racers posted by Chris Harper on July 05, 2001 at 19:13:49:
Hey Chris. This is Steph from the GHS. It depends on if it is a juvenile or an adult. I've never had too much trouble getting adults of either group to eat pre-killed mice. However, juvenile coachwhips are one of the most difficult snakes I've ever raised.
: I assume that many of you have read Rossi and Ross's books "The Snakes of the US and Candada -- their care in captivity".
: If you have not read it, you should. Great books.
: At any rate, the authors use a rating system of 1 to 5 with 1 being the easiest species to care for and 5 being the most difficult.
: So Coluber ssp. get a rating of 3 and Masticophis ssp. get a rating of 4.
: So I'm just curious what people think of this? I've kept three or four subspecies of racers and two species/3 subspecies of Masticophis. All were wild caught adults or subadults.
: Without exception I've found Masticophis easier to care for so I would have this rating flipped around. Pretty trivial issue but I'm curious to see what you think.