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Posted by Doug T on February 15, 2003 at 19:33:40:
In Reply to: Clelia posted by Agalinis on February 14, 2003 at 14:02:44:
I managed to pick up a pair of the group Glades had for sale. I have to admit, they are one of the most interesting snakes I've worked with. Dwight Sayers used to have one and he gave me some advice on how to keep them.
Here's a quick run down on my experiences with the snakes as captives: They eat a lot as juveniles, up to 50% of their body weight per week, but usually about 30%. They cannot swallow large prey as they are primarily designed to eat snakes. Mine take f/t rodents with gusto. Sometimes they'll even take some chicken strips. They don't seem to bite defensively, however when they are hungry, they may mistake the keeper as a mouse. I never handle mine if they are hungry. I keep mine at 80 day time high, 70 night time low without a basking spot. They only hunt at night and burrow into their substrate during the day.
The description I've heard is that when feeding, they are like Kingsnakes on PCP. Steel bands that crush their prey. Sounds about right, although mine don't have much trouble in just picking up the prey and swallowing.
I don't have any for sale now, but I'm hoping to be able to offer cb babies in a few years. I'd post pics, but I'm on my back up computer (ah, the joys of PC's) and my main computer, with all the pictures, is down.
Send me your email and I'll send you some pics I took today.
:Hi folks - spend most of my time on the Kingsnake forum. I know you guys have heard or seen this type of post before, so... I've talked with Terry Vandeventer who works here in Jackson, MS area and has experience with Clelia as well as Bob Young who use to keep Mussurana (he's had like 10-15 over the years but now he doesn't keep them). Glades Herp say they may have some soon, but it's not certain. Can't belive it - I just moved from West Palm and Glades Herp had some hatchlings and I didn't even know about it! That's life.
:Is there anyone on here that knows of someone selling them (as in a breeder) or someone who would like to sell their Mussurana?
:Any help would be appreciated.
:Mississippi Musuem of Natural Science