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Posted by: Ameron at Sat Oct 23 22:36:55 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Ameron ]  
   

I’ve been doing much research recently about Asian Rat Snakes. I know a fair amount about North American species, and I’ve had a 6-foot Texan that never bit me.

I’m strongly considering getting a Trinket, due to small size and activity levels. While researching, however, I came across several references to Radiateds being so highly active. I saw the usual caveats about aggressive nature.

I have my own theory about “aggressive” snakes, and feel that confidence & handler experience usually determine snake response. I also know that the Individual can be the most dominant factor; there are always surprises.

I local pet store owner from Vietnam, with first-hand experience with Radiateds in both the wild and captive, agrees with another forum poster that *captive-bred* Radiateds can be like most other rat snake species. Mostly will acclimate nicely if held often.

Like some others, I like confidence & activity levels in snakes much more than whether they are likely to bite. I’m not sure if a true Racer-type snake is best for me, though. I prefer semi-arboreal snakes that don’t mind being handled and which are frequently active during the day.

You with experience, please share your insights. Would you Dare me to try a Radiated? How does your behave if handled often? Would you strongly steer me towards a Trinket??

Ameron
Portland/Vancouver

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