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Posted by Mike H. on September 29, 2002 at 21:47:04:
In Reply to: Thinking about getting in to ETB, posted by boaboy13 on September 29, 2002 at 19:48:19:
How simlaer are they to ATB? Are they as aggressef? Are they much harder to breed?
I've found them to be very similar to Amazons. I'm not the best qualified guy to give very detailed Emerald advice, but being an Amazon keeper/breeder since 1990 who has always kept a couple Emeralds just for the fun of it, I can say that they are not as difficult as their reputation would lead you to believe. The main differences are their temperature, humidity, and feeding needs. If you have the time to pay close attention to these details, you'll have no problem successfully keeping Emeralds as long as the one you purchase is a nice clean healthy specimen.
A local friend of mine has never kept Amazons, but has put together a very impressive collection of Northern & Amazon Basin Emeralds that he acquired through Joe Polanco, Tony Nicoli, and Buddy Goetzger. All of them are doing great and have been problem-free...and he's a complete rookie when it comes to arboreals of any type. A lot of people recommend keeping Amazons as practice animals prior to getting into Emeralds, but I think if you have the time to pay close attention to details and have experience with other snake species, you should have no problems.
The 2 keys to success...
1. research their needs
2. buy a healthy animal
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