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Posted by Chance on November 28, 2002 at 18:09:56:
In Reply to: false water cobra posted by solfugid on November 28, 2002 at 01:31:53:
:what should the age limit and experience level be to owning a false water cobra? and also, can any one name a good beginers species of rear fanged snake that can eat rodents? ( since lizards and frog are hard to find or buy has feeders where i live )
I agree that 18 is probably a good age for owning an potentially dangerous animal, though certainly there are younger people that are very capable of owning an animal such as a FWC, as well as most other rear-fangs. FWCs are not classified as a highly dangerous rear-fang snake (like boomslangs and twig snakes), though I've heard their venom is comparable to that of the timber rattlesnake by its affects, though in MUCH smaller quantities. That being said, these snakes get rather huge and a bite from one would be, if not dangerous, very painful. I like to think of them as the bulldogs of the snake world. As far as experience level, they aren't very demanding. Just be sure you know basic snake husbandry and keep in mind that they are semi-aquatic in the wild, so they will need a large water bowl. I'd say that FWCs make very good beginning rear-fangs, because they eat just about anything. Hognoses also would make great beginner rear-fangs, though most people just consider them totally harmless. Both of these snakes will readily take mice. FWCs will take mice, rats, chicks, fish, whatever you throw in front of them. Added to that they are generally placid snakes, and get very large, make them very desirable. As placid as they are though, all that goes right out the window at feeding time. They can literally go nuts during this time. Mangroves and such can be very picky eaters (like my pair), so I wouldn't recommend them. Anyway, hope this helped a bit.