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Posted by Gernot Vogel on October 16, 2002 at 09:54:43:
In Reply to: Re: BGF looking for info on Genus Dendrelaphis(bronzebacks) posted by BGF on September 20, 2002 at 01:07:59:
To answere the same way, you did with my posting, BGF: And you are basing this upon what observations? When was the last time you breed a Dendrelaphis?
There were thousands of Dendrelaphis imported in Germany, none survived. I never heared of somebody who kept these animals alive for a longer time or who even bred them. There is nothing in literature about keeping these species.I think this genus is one of the most difficult to keep in captivity. German importers stopped importing them for this reason. This might be different with the Australian species as they are bigger, but it is surely true for the snakes shown in the field guide.
::I recently purchased the book "A Photographic Guide to SNAKES and Other Reptiles of Pennisular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand" by Merel J. Cox, Peter Paul van Dijk and Kumthorn Thirakhupt.
:Excellent book. What a regional field guide should be but rarely is.
::The book has photos/brief descriptions about the Genus Dendralaphis. The Genus has some very beautiful snakes called bronzebacks(particularly the elegant bronzeback D. formosus and Cohn's bronzeback D. striatus). Can you tell me if anyone has successfully kept this Genus in the U.S. and anything about their venom? I'm assuming they are rear-fanged like most asian snakes...........LOL. Thanks for your help:)
:Venoms not an issue and they are easy to keep (lizard and frog feeders but you might be a larger one onto pinkies). Neat snakes.