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Posted by buddygrout on December 18, 2002 at 12:31:53:
In Reply to: Hey Buddy....... posted by crimsonking on December 16, 2002 at 19:08:38:
::I doubt this cross would be possible as I believe that the Scarlet Snake is only distantly related to the Elaphe/Lampropeltis/Pituophis complex that is so well know for it's ability of hybridize.
::I'm glad to hear you're working with Scarlet Kingsnakes. Not the easiest Lampropeltis but very neat little snakes.
::As far as keeping Scarlet Snakes, many have had success with keeping these animals without water bowls and offered a mixture of beaten chicken egg and reptile vitamins. I think some have also added small amounts of canned reptile food but don't quote me on that.
::I'm not clear as to how long these animals have been maintained in this matter.
::Have you tried this feeding method?
::If I were to keep them I'd also keep a colony of Paroedura pictus - a very prolific egg-laying gecko from Madagascar. I think a Scarlet Snake could eat one of their eggs.
:: I've kept both as you know. I'm not sure why you'd want to cross 'em though. I even got a scarlet to accept pinks! (Not many that I know of.) Also used strips of beef heart. At first scented w/ anole egg contents. I would keep an eye on the snake if you feed it gecko eggs. While mine would eat them like mad,(I used indo-pacific) he'd regurge them later. They are apparently too hard compared to anolis eggs that are more "leathery". Anyway,can you imagine the feeding headaches associated with a cross of two of the most notorious problem feeders?LOL!
I don't have any scarlets just one pair of scarlet kings. I started to buy a scarlet that was eating pinkies at the Tampa show last year but I thought about it too long and it was sold.