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Posted by Kestrel on April 30, 2003 at 18:37:53:
In Reply to: Mandarin rat snakes...food for thought. posted by DeanAlessandrini on April 30, 2003 at 12:25:39:
I've never tried to keep them, but I know alot of people who have. They seem to have the same problem as moellendorfi... They are an easily stressed, delicate species that suffer greatly from the stress of capture and importation. The first thing most people want to do when they get them is to worm them, which is actually the LAST thing you want to do for a highly stressed animal. The parasite die off usually kills them. I've heard of alot of people having success with keeping them cool, in a totally silent stressfree enviroment, letting them acclimate in total peace. If they make it through this, people usually try to feed them, then worm them if they've lived long enough through acclimation. I personally have the same problem with the mass importation of them, but hopefully after enough wild cought animals survive to create a decent breeding population, and there are enough captive bred to support the hobby, the importation will slow down.
:Over the past couple years, seems relatively few of these guys have been produced and therefore captive born babies are fetching a pretty hefty price. (which makes sense)
:I do not personally keep this species, but I've heard that the captive born snakes do well...but...about 90% of the imports die in captivity. Can anyone shed some light on why this is?
:DO they not eat? Parasites?
:It would make sense that this is the case since although the cb animals bring $400 per cb baby...wc adults can be ROUTINELY purchased for preety much dirt cheap.
:Another question...what the hell is going in with this hobby if importers continue to bring in HUNDREDS of imports if 90% are doomed to die?