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Re: I need more info on vine snakes please...


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Posted by henry on December 29, 2002 at 18:16:24:

In Reply to: I need more info on vine snakes please... posted by mousegirl on December 28, 2002 at 01:47:30:

Regarding Ahaetulla prasina and other Ahaetula species, it IS NOT true that they can only take droplets of water from the air and from leaf tips. This misconception is a chief cause of mortality in the genus and many animals die of dehydration. They can drink standing water from a bowl but they will not descend to get a drink. The bowl must be mounted up high on a wall and draped with fake foliage. In the wild they would find little resevoirs of water cupped in plant whorls.

This will allow you to drop the humidity to 70-80 percent which will decrease the incidence of bacterial and fungal growth in the tank. The 80-90 percent humidity came out of an attempt to compensate for the snake not having enough internal water. Once they are drinking freely this will not be necessary.

I would urge you, with this species, to be absolutely sure you are ready to maintain a supply of live anoles year 'round. This is the single hardest thing about the species. They don't often convert to non-lizard foods and I'm not sure they can ever take dead food, except when assist-fed. As far as I know there has only been one or two captive breedings. This was in Europe and the mortality in the litter was 100 percent the first time; one survivor the second time.

- henry


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