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Caging questions from an indigo newbie

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Posted by: antiquity at Fri Jan 18 08:33:41 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by antiquity ]  
   

Hi all,

I have put a deposit on my first Indigo snake, and started the permit process. I'm getting red-throat female that will be a couple months shy of 1 year (born July 2012) when I receive her. I currently keep dwarf boas, GTPs, and colubrids.

I'm starting to look ahead at caging, although I understand I won't put her in a full size cage immediately. I have some questions.

1) Is a 6x2 cage large enough to accommodate an Indigo for its life? If not, is 6x3 or 8x2 better?
2) For heat, I was looking at using an UTH and an incandescent light (which will also enhance viewing). Is this a good option? I use RHPs for my boas and GTPs, but I know Indigos don't really need such elevated ambient temps.
3) I'm getting a female because, well, they seem to be more desirable and a better "investment". I also have the opportunity to add a 2011 male, but he is more expensive. For those that have kept these animals, do you recommend starting with one before diving in and getting two?

Thanks!


   

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