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Posted by rick s. on April 24, 2003 at 01:58:10:
I recently aquired a dwarf retic from a friend. I will be keeping her for him indefinitely until he finds a new location for a breeding facility. She is a beautiful snake and is close to 6'. I've never kept retics before, I had a burm from hatchling up to around 7 feet, but from what I have seen so far they are totally different animals. I swear, this snake watches me when I'm in the room where her enclosure is. She has struck once or twice, but it was after being moved and she was a bit grumpy. She hasn't put up an agressive front since, but I still watch her very carefully whenever I have to clean, feed, etc. I currently keep Colombian and Central American boas, and have a pretty extensive colubrid collection. From everything I have heard or read here, retics can be tricky snakes to keep. I was wondering if anyone has any advice or tips for things to do, things to stay away from or any other useful info? I really want to make sure this snake is proberly cared for while it is in my hands. She was part of a pair, but another couple had been keeping them for my friend. While in their care, the male died. I'm not sure of the cause of death, but from what I have seen of the female here, she is in good health and is eating and shedding just fine.