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Posted by meretseger on February 23, 2003 at 07:10:47:
In Reply to: Desert horned viper posted by King Baboon on February 13, 2003 at 07:03:07:
My first hot was a C. cerastes. I'd buy a captive bred one if you can. The care is really straightforward, a hot spot of 95 degrees and a bunch of sand. I've seen mine drink water once so you'd probably want to offer it every so often to be sure.
The great thing about mine is that he's extremely curious. He's very unlike any of my other snakes.
The downside is that they hook like greased kittens. They just completely lack the ability to grip the hook, and being dropped a bunch pisses them off. Mine's usually not too strikey. My recommendation is that you get a cage with a divider, but you need to learn how to manipulate the snake with hooks if it ever gets sick. Fortunately, unlike some other small snakes, they don't seem to be able to jump.
And the really big downside is finding antivenom. Don't get bit!
But if you have a good understanding of snakes and are ready to respect a hot, I think they're a good choice.