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Old 12-30-17, 01:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
Join Date: Feb-2017
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Re: Late Holiday Purchase...

Point taken, but that being said, I'd have to have at least four of those enclosures for the snakes that I have that climb--two Carpets, a Southern White-lipped Python, and my Taiwanese Beauty; however, that's not going to happen anytime soon, and those snakes are doing well in their current enclosures, though my 8ft+ CP does need an 8ft enclosure (at a minimum).

Eventually, yes, the snakes that climb will have something like what you mention, but for now, they are healthy, feeding well, and are not overly defensive or flighty, nor have they ever bitten.

I do have a used 3.5'x3'x6' (lwh) PVC enclosure, that I picked up for $350, but that one still needs some repair work, i.e. modifications, and won't be occupied for the foreseeable future. I'm not sure who's going in it first, but it might be the RTGR...maybe.

Originally Posted by Roman View Post
Really nice animal.

However, I have an issue with your intended enclosure size.

Gonyosoma is an active snake which likes to climb, so you should provide it with a tall enclosure. If you give it lot of room (like as much space as you can afford) it will repay you with an active behavior during daytime which will be much more interesting as any TV program. An enclosure of 5 x 3 x 5 ft would be good for a pair and your snakes might even be calmer because they can keep their distance to you during maintenance etc.

If this enclosure you intend to use is opening at the top you (and your snake) might have another problem. If they have the opportunity they will stay in the highest branches of your enclosure and will seldom come to the ground. If you open the enclosure from above the snake, it will react from panic flight to fight-to-the-death defense. For a snake, especially for a arboreal snake anything coming from above is a BAD thing (think birds of prey).

My recommendation would be to get a tall enclosure at least of the size I mentioned above, which is front opening (sliding glass doors or opening like the ExoTerras). This will provide your snakes with enough room to keep itís distance from you and you can work below it, so your snake can watch you doing the maintenance from above. I offer the food from below the snakes as well, so they can strike at the mouse from an above position.

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