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Posted by chris_harper2 on April 03, 2003 at 18:30:03:
In Reply to: Madagascarophis captive care info needed. posted by ET on April 03, 2003 at 12:53:24:
Are you sure that yours are M. colubrina?
If they don't have a white tail tip they are likely M. ocellatus. They are confused all the time. Most zoos M. colubrina actually have M. ocellatus.
I have a dichotomous key I can send you. E-mail me and I'll send it to you.
I've kept both species and kept them just a bit more humid than what an aspen substrate would provide.
I kept them between 78* and 85* and they did fine. These are really easy snakes to care for. If the temperatures got near 90* they did seem to go off feed and spend time in their water bowls.
I offered hides but they were more likely to burrow in the substrate.