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I need more info on vine snakes please...


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Posted by mousegirl on December 28, 2002 at 01:47:30:

I've seen these graceful looking snakes on only two occasions. The first time on 'The Crocidile Hunter' and just today at Eastbay Vivarium I was very suprised to see them as I was quite taken by them the first time I saw them. I've searched the archives of this forum and I have gathered that they are relativly new to the herping world or are they? The posts I read were from '91 to '98. This is the information I gathered if it needs to be updated please tell me: The Snake can reach 6ft and be as wide as a pinky finger. They are rear fanged with a mild venom that can cause irratation and iching at bite site and purhaps a bad headache. If a person is exspecialy alergic they may have much stronger reaction (no one said what this reaction might be). The snake is on the calm side and is often handled by hand. The snake needs a high humidity of 80%-90% and temps from high 70's to mid 80's. They are arboreal and need a tall cage 6ft by 3ft by 3ft and preferably running water of some kind as they get their water from the air and the dew on the leaves. They eat small lizards and birds and shouldn't eat mammals as they are hard for them to digest. They are exclusively wild caught and often have parisites. Mites are common and must be dealt with as the snake dehydrates very easily.
If any of this is inaccurate or if you have more information please respond. Also have you heard any one being successfull at breeding these lovely snakes. If you have heard of books or websites that give more then just general information I would love to hear about them.
Thank you for any help you can give me!


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