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RE: Monitor breeding principles

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Posted by: basinboa at Thu Jul 12 19:25:33 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by basinboa ]  
   

I believe mountain dragons and some chameleons are much harder to keep and breed.

As for the snakes, I don't believe they would benefit from extremely hot temperatures (above 100F) like monitors do. At least that is what I observed here with Boa, Corallus and Epicrates.

I keep a hot spot at 93,5F and most of them seldom bask right under the heater, unless room temps are low.

I have used close to 100F for pregnant females and only on one ocasion I observed a female using it often.

I think snakes tend to have a lower metabolism and take far too long to digest. And higher temperatures cause decomposition of the food bolus faster than the snake can digest, causing a tendency of vomit.


Of course there are many genus and some have extremely fast metabolisms (Cornsnakes and some colubrids that are diurnal hunters such as tiger ratsnakes and vinesnakes). Others, like the emerald tree boa are more slow and do not tolarate too much heat.


In the end, I believe snake people already push too much their animals and they even grow faster than they can support.


But many other aspects of varanid keeping can be applied to snakes, yes.


IMHO


   

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