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Posted by BrianSmith on May 07, 2003 at 16:46:46:
In Reply to: Brian Smith Or any other Retic keeper. posted by Thomas j on May 07, 2003 at 07:15:21:
They are kept and maintained just like the burmese. Many people give theirs hide boxes as they can be a little "nervous" but I do not. I design my cages with no lights inside and they all have nice dark areas in them. Any light they get during their 16 hour photoperiod comes from the snake room overhead lights. Retics should always have a soaking tub big enough to submerge in as many retics (not all) like to use the tubs for a toilet. This makes it a lot easier on the keeper, I tell ya. Also, it allows them a thermoregulation alternative.
As far as what kind to get,... that preference really should be what you like best. Bob will likely have someone email you pictures of different types. But the most impressive I have gotten from him are my "mottled phase" retics. I will post some pictures soon when I get a chance. I don't know what Bob calls them, but ask him if he has some more like the very mottled ones I got a year ago. They have a much more busy and "smaller" pattern. My wife prefers the striped phase we got from Bob. The price was considerably more at that time. I don't know what it is now. But it's worth it to have something drastically different whether you are a breeder or just keeping neat retics. Here, I will post a picture of a striped type when it was a juvie. Tell me what you think.
:I am getting a Tiger from Bob. Iwas wondering if you had any advice for me on keeping retics. Anything different i should do different from my burms. I have a 50 gallonn tank for it to go in first. As it gets bigger it will be moved in to a custom built cage. 6 1/2 ft lg by 32 inches deep by 19 1/2 high. temp will be controlled by Helix.
:I also need help in picking out a tiger. I need to decide between the stripped tiger or the classic. Thanks in advance.