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Posted by SnakeBiteJunkies on March 31, 2003 at 11:13:18:
In Reply to: Questions about El Rosario rosies.... posted by butterflybaby on March 30, 2003 at 14:28:41:
Here are some answers to your questions:
There really is no "best" substrate for rosys. Rosys do well on a variety of substrates including aspen shavings, pine shavings, calci-sand, and newspaper. It is really up to you. Are you looking for an asthetic, natural-looking substrate or the easiest to maintain? Best-looking are probably colored calci-sands or aspen shavings. Easiest to maintain is probably newspaper.
The best sized food item varies with the size of the animal. Neonates will obviously eat smaller food items than adults. A neonate will eat pinky-small fuzzy-sized items, adults will eat small to large mice depending on the size of the snake.
The size of head thing is a myth. Like many other snakes, rosys can eat prey items many times the size of their head.
The petstore lady that told you that rosys can grow 10 ft. long is misinformed. Rosys only get about 3-4 feet full grown. A 4- footer would be considered huge, and I'm not sure I've ever seen one that big. Keeping them in smaller confinements will slow their growth rate, however, and vice versa.
Rosys are hardy pets, stay relatively small, are generally tame, and are very interesting. Being crevice dwellers in rocky outcrops, they really like to have nice tight hiding places. Flat rocks, hollow logs, PVC pipes, and paper towel tubes, etc. work well in their cages. Again, it is up to you which you prefer.