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Old 04-21-03, 12:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Rough green snakes?

Anybody keeps these? These things look so sweeeeet! They kinda look like boomslangs and remind me of vine snakes, but with easier diets!
Anybody know any1 selling these?

The scientific name is Opheodrys aestivus
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Old 04-21-03, 07:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I love rough green snakes. I fell in love with one at a petstore but I never ended up buying it. Mostly because they are not snakes you can handle. They are too fragile from what I have read to be handled regularly. I also think it's neat that they feed on insects instead of rodents. Good luck if you find one.
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They will definitely take some looking to find. There was a discussion about them in the Colubrid forum not that long ago.

DO a google search and you can probably find some for sale. They're basically lizards in snake form and should pretty much be cared for that way. If that fails, Glades Herps usually has a vast selection of colubrids, including rough greens.
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Caught one in my back yard last summer. Kept it for a few weeks before turning him loose. Got him eating crickets real nice.
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I am looking for one here in FL. BW, where did you find him? In a low schrub? I love the color green on snakes.
 
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He was climbing in some Ivy that was climbing a small wire fence. Luckily he moved or he would have been sprayed with Round Up.
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I have one and he love's to be picked up he is about 24'' long and i know you can get them here in canada and maybe have them shipped i paid like $20.00 for mine i think but here is a place that you maybe able to get one and have it shipped

www.thereptilestoe.com

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I have one that I bought from LLL Reptile a little whiel ago. In the short time I've had her, I've learned a *whole lot* about keeping them:

They eat two-three large crickets a week, which should be dusted occasionally. Wax worms can be given now and then for variety. They need some height to their cage, with plenty of branches to climb on, but hide boxes are also a must...some on the ground and one or two up higher is a good idea. They spend a great deal of time hiding, but the more branches and hides you give them, the more you will see them - they feel more comfortable knowing they *can* hide, and will come out more. They are more likely to take water from leaves and off of themselves than from a dish, so misting is mandatory (not too much, they are prone to RI in high humidity), but a dish should also be provided. They should not be handled, unless there is a medical emergency that calls for it. This is a snake you watch, not one you play with. The rare Rough Green who "loves" to be handled is very much the exception. If you handle them too much, you will stress them out and possibly kill them. Also, almost every Rough Green available is WC...if you find a CB one, lucky you! Treat for parasites right away, I promise you the snake will have them.

Care of these guys is a little tricky, but *very* rewarding, they are ultimately cool creatures, and endlessly entertaining. Good luck, and post again if you have more questions...I'm happy to relate my experiences.

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they are African bush snakes. not too much is known about them.

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if they are the ones that look like boomslangs. i think you PM'ed me with that Kovu. but that latin name is for rough green snakes.


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Here's an old pic of one I found near Lake Okechobee. You can find them for sale on classifieds of other sites sometimes, but most if not all, are w.c. There's a good chance they'll crash after a few months, but some make nice display snakes. I have always enjoyed them.
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Heck after seein that pic I think I might want one too Very pretty!
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