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Posted by lizard queen on April 16, 2003 at 23:09:38:
In Reply to: Re: Getting ready for some new Squams... posted by squamiger on April 16, 2003 at 22:45:13:
Thanks, Derek! I appreciate your advice :)
These guys are CB babies at about a month old. So far, the setup I have for each of them is a small "pen pal" type cage with a few little sprigs of artificial plant, a branch, and a small water dish. Does that sound about right? I chose the pen pal cages over the small rubbermaid boxes because of their better ventilation, as I had read about these guys being sensitive to high humidity, especially the juvies...
I will receive my little guys tomorrow, and I'm really excited to finally get them. I've admired squams for years, but never got around to getting a couple until now. I'm just putting the finishing touches on their new homes, and double-checking the temps and everything...
Thanks again for your help, and I'll keep you posted if I think of any more questions :)
:First of all, be aware that WC Atheris can carry some nasty viruses and you must quarantine them for 6 months to be sure that they do not infect the rest of your collection (if you have other vipers). Then remember that these are animals are used to small niches of dense brush and they actually prefer smaller cages with lots of cover. You can move them to more open display cages once they are settled in and are feeding well. I would follow these same procedures even if your animals are CB. I would keep them all in separate containers until you get to know them and see if any are ready to breed. House them together only when you are trying to breed them. Do not treat them as if they are rainforest creatures. Email me if you have any problems. Squamigers@aol.com. Best of luck.