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Posted by Chance on August 16, 2002 at 09:10:25:
In Reply to: Whats a good rear-fanged snake to start with??? posted by Tarahumara on August 14, 2002 at 21:54:52:
I'd have to say that Hydrodynastes gigas would be your best bet to start out with. They are very hardy snakes, usually eat anything you throw in front of them (except gerbils seemingly...), however they don't really fit your description of mildly aggressive all that well. Most FWCs are quite docile, as is mine. However, if you ever did let one clamp onto you, get ready for some mutilated flesh. Be cautious though, as they're rumored to possess a venom that can hold it's own against Crotalus horridus (timber rattlesnake). Another very good rear-fang that readily overlooked are the American and Madagascan hognoses. They usually make some of the best pet snakes, though not many colubrids on Earth can be as stunning as a fully grown FWC. Even my 5' female shocks me everytime I enter the snake room. That girl is huge already.
I most highly recommend the FWC above all others. With rear-fangs, you're going to possibly run into a few problems, such as problem feeders, specialty feeders (i.e. A. prasina, which each mostly lizards), and sometimes very aggressive snakes, like most mangroves are reputed to be (though ours is quite docile). Flase water's generally tend to be your "garbage disposal" snake, the one that will eat the prey that the other snakes do not. They are, or can be, fairly costly though, but I've seen many hatchlings offered for around $100. Hope this helped.