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Couperi vs. Rubidus

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Posted by: David_Diamond at Tue Dec 27 11:38:11 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by David_Diamond ]  
   

Hi all,

Happy holidays. I'm thinking of adding a "giant" colubrid species to the collection during the coming year, branching out from Indo-Australian pythons, as well as the standard colubrid fare I kept as a kid in the '90s.

Like most snake keepers, I've long admired the Eastern indigo. But I'm also intrigued by D. m. rubidus. Could any of you Dry folks who have kept or currently keep both taxa share your experiences?

I've heard rubidus described as a hardier version of the Eastern, but I'd be much obliged for an elaboration of that description. How do they compare as far as husbandry requirements and especially temperament? I know that rubidus are relatively fresh on the herpetocultural scene, but any insights would be welcome.

Of course, if I discover that mussurana are legal to keep in Illinois, this decision will get that much harder...

Cheers,

David


   

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