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Posted by budman 1st on May 10, 2003 at 22:47:42:
In Reply to: Eyelash viper question posted by AJD on May 09, 2003 at 21:00:39:
eylashes are tough snakes
The venom is on the hot side and a bite can be bad.
I recomend a small popes pitviper but if your starting out
whats wrong with a pigmy or copperhead.
That way if you get bit it wont turn you from a very interesting hobby.
I would not recommend any viper that you could not get antivenom for.
The mangrove snake or false water cobra are good beginner snakes due to the fact the bites seldom end with a hospital stay.
mangroves can be bad feeders\
the false water cobra gets BIG and is a great snake to grow to full size.
:I have been working with reptiles and amphibians since I was 7. I am turning 19 in a week and I would love to start into venomous. So here are some questions.
:A. I was thinking of an eyelash viper? Good starter or not?
: 1. How potent is the venom?
: 2. Are there any good caresheets that I could look at?
:B. Would another species be better? I am open to suggestions however I am not real keen on vine snakes.
:C. Finally Any information that you could give me on the species you suggest would be much appreciated
:Thank you for all of your help