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RE: Orthriophis Moellendorffi

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Posted by: j3nnay at Wed Jun 9 21:33:02 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by j3nnay ]  
   

Mine are in a planted 322 vision cage with a couple of 2.0 and 5.0 compact fluorescents on there for the plants. When I initially brought them home it was much cooler, and instead of the 5.0 I had a low wattage day bulb for the 'basking' spot - the female regularly came out to bask while it was cooler. It's been interesting watching them; the female is definitely settling in well but I think it's going to be necessary to separate out the male regardless of how many visual barriers I've put in there.

I've had a hard time finding anyone who actually knows for sure (not hearsay from someone who heard from someone else or read in a little snippet online) where these things are found in the wild. I've read a couple of 'fact sheets' that say they're found in the cold, mountainous regions of southeast china - but southeast china is one of the most tropical regions of the country, with temperatures in the summer that range close to 90. I think I'd give a toe to hear of someone who caught a few in the wild or who knew which province or city they were routinely found in.

Mine have both shed and so far the female at least seems in good shape; we'll see if the male starts feeding as well. Super fascinating snakes.

~jenny
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