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RE: Elaphe carinata ?

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Posted by: jfirneno at Fri Jun 9 12:28:32 2006  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by jfirneno ]  
   

Dinodon:
I was hoping an experienced carinata keeper would reply. But since none have, here goes.

Schulz has a small section on keeping them. He recommends a soft substrate because they like to dig. He gives a daytime temperature range of 22C to 28C. Nightime he recommends 17C. Sounds like pretty standard conditions. He says they're mostly shy and skittish and watch your fingers around feeding time.

With respect to differences between the sexes in the number of ventral and subcaudal scales Schulz writes "In some species however, e.g.,
E carinata or E. porphyracea, the differences are so minor that a large number of specimens are required for comparison in order to obtain reliable results". He doesn't mention any obvious dimorphism in this species.

Still tail shape is usually some help in differentiating sex.

And of course you could put them together and look for mating behavior. A caveat, unfortunately, is required. Specifically, they are ophiophagous. I'd be careful and only put them together when they aren't hungry. Also I'd keep an eye on them to make sure they are intersted in mating before leaving them together. Otherwise you could end up with one snake.

If all else fails probing should work.

Sorry I didn't have much help

Regards and good luck
John


   

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