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Posted by Steve on February 20, 2002 at 17:23:58:
In Reply to: Re: ribbon snakes? posted by Todd Evans on February 20, 2002 at 16:47:27:
As Todd says, the vast majority of ribbons are wild caught (wc), and most captive born (cb) I have seen are born from gravid wc females, not captive bred. I myself wouldn't suggest a rough green, not because they aren't nice animals, but they seem to be difficult to maintain in captivity for any length of time. Even well feeding, cb animals rarely seem to last more than a year or so, and the longest that I personally have known of anyone keeping one for is about three years.
There are a number of ways you can go if you wish to get a tank-mate for your ribbon. If you wait, eventually you will probably come across some cb ribbons. You could buy a wc ribbon and properly aclimate it prior to putting it in with yours. Or if you want to stick with cb, as you suggested, go with something different. If you wish to go that route, I would suggest either a garter or water snake. Cb garters are available in a number of species, sub-species, color variations, etc. As to the water snakes, cb are not as available, but I do see them from time to time.
Let me know if you would like information on sources for any of these animals, as I do know of a few.