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Posted by pulatus on March 31, 2003 at 22:19:01:
In Reply to: Acrochordus Arafurae..anyone familiar with these? posted by mike c on March 31, 2003 at 18:01:38:
Yes, these snakes need to be kept in a plastic bag in your freezer since they don't live in captivity.
They develop a fungus that invariably spreads and kills the snake. Actually when I was researching them about 10 years ago there were 2 zoos that had managed to keep them alive, one in Australia and (I belive) a Chicago zoo. They had built elaborate filtration systems, running the water through layers of filters designed to remove virually everything other than H2O. I don't know how they snakes faired long term.
There might have been some breakthroughs in their care since then though. I read a study on this species that indicated they may only feed once or twice per year, so your food bill won't be great!
:Is anyone here familiar with captive husbandry of this aquatic snake ?