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RE: 1 week of Rat-a-Thon

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Posted by: tbrock at Wed Feb 22 21:35:24 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by tbrock ]  
   

Thanks Terry - As you know, I live in a very humid climate (Gulf Coast) and these snakes have done quite well for me - considering. Of course, my central a/c dries the air somewhat, but it is over 50% in the house even when the a/c runs all day, in the summer. I think very good ventilation is key, plus a himid / moist hide. Even in humid, coastal south Texas, this species will dessicate and begin having shedding problems if they are not provided with a moist hide - I know from experience, after allowing one's moist hide to dry out when it was in a shed cycle. So - I would kind of liken them to being very similar in (general) needs to those Asian green rats - except with a drier substrate, and more ventilation - but still with a very moist hide. That said though, I am sure they do well in dry climates too - with the provisions I mentioned...

I know this is not exactly what you were talking about - but just thought I'd throw it out there. I am sure you are right about Senticolis most likely doing better (in a dry climate) than those green Asians...

Now, as far as handling - I would somewhat retract my promotion of Senticolis (generally not very fond of being handled), and would suggest Rhynchophis. Rhinos are very peaceful and handleable snakes - which is also in contrast to the other green Asians...


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