at Tue Apr 22 13:21:22 2014 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by willstill ]
Not to disappoint you, but with ten years under your belt, your still a rookie. Ten years is nothing. Many of us have been keeping kings and other species for 30, 40 and fifty years. With ten years down, your likely still in care sheet mode. You've read about what works (marginally) and have had success with that, so you think that your decade is a lifetime. Most real learning in this hobby occurs well past the stage that you are at, when you start looking outside the box/recipe approach, often because you are bored with the typical results you see.
Also, you are the one who is anthropomorphizing here. You are taking your limited understanding about the relationships that Frank, Rainer and others are talking about, and you are applying human rules to what you do not understand. Your explanation about your cal king clearly shows us that. You did not raise this adult animal to be in the company of others, so why would it react to other snakes with any response other than aggression?
I have been keeping eastern kings together for about ten years (a relatively short time). For the previous twenty years that I worked with the species, I kept them as you did and received similar results. I also keep/kept blackheaded pythons, Boelen's pythons, jungle carpets pythons, sinaloan milksnakes and diamond pythons together in pairs and groups. It can be done and done relatively easily if people would stop applying their own rules/judgements as to how it should be done, then griping that is doesn't work. Of course, that is if they choose to keep their animals together, as it is a choice. Good luck.
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