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Old 08-06-03, 11:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey guys i am thinking of getting a new snake but i was wondering if u guys could tell me what u guys sugest for ones that dont need that high of humidity levels i got a columbian boa right now and he seems to shed fine so i guess waht ever humidity they can handel or less

i was thinking of a carpet i relly want one but i would forget to spray them to keep up the humidity thats the only problem everything else i remember to do but i can never remember spraying my snakes

well thx for listening
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Old 08-06-03, 11:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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what experience do you have with snakes, and i would go with what you are sure you can handle.

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I think a lot of it depends on what you are interested in. do a lot of searching and research on the internet. that's what i do when i am looking for a new snake.

Personally i love carpet pythons. they seem to be more active than most pythons, and they seem to have good personality. boa constrictors are still my fav though.
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I would definitely suggest carpet pythons (i have one baby IJ for sale, btw ). They are active, tame (even as babies, usually!) great feeders, attractive, small size, etc etc etc.
As for humidity, if you build the proper type of cage you won't need to do much spraying. All of mines are in wood/glass cages with half their water dish over the heat pad. I spray them all about once a week - and you should definitely NOT be forgetting to spray your snakes, thats not cool. Even a colombian boa needs to be sprayed.

Anyway, I live in Toronto too, and you're more than welcome to come see my set ups and snakes and stuff!

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that's a great avatar pontus! haha...

if you like carpets, as zoe said, if yo u have a custom where the top isn't a screen that lets out all the humidity (like mine is...jeez, when will this stupid custom be finished! ) then you wouldn't have to mist that often...though you still will have to now and again. def. do your research cause there is a big diff. between a 12 foot coastal and 5 foot IJ. good luck,
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Do you want a boid or a colubrid? There are many colubrids that do not need any additional humidity so long as your house isn't unusually dry. Bullsnakes, pinesnakes, many species of ratsnake, etc. There aren't as many boids that do fine at room humidity, but still enough. BCI are hardy, as you said, they don't need to be misted, mine always have perfect sheds at houses humidity levels as well. Would consider a different locality of BCI such as perhaps a Hog Isle or Mexican? Ball Pythons do well at room humidity as well. BRB's don't require misting IF you have to proper enclosure. I jsut wet the newspaper whenever I change it, usually every few weeks. The way the ventilation is, it stays at 80%+ the whole time. But these snakes cannot dry out, so you need to be sure you have it figured out if you can't remember to mist. Desert boas are great (sandboas, rosies), they don't do well with any added humidity. They don't even require a constant supply of water. Really the only snakes that *require* misting are the tree snakes. There are other ways of maintaining humidity levels for extended periods of time. I have everything from desert species to swamp snakes and I don't mist any of them. So go with the above advice, look around at what you like, see if it fits your requirements. Take care and good luck with your decisions
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i think i am still going to go with a carpet i dont mind the size wise to much i like big snakes

just wondering how much foggers go for and if thats all i would relly need to keep up the humidity in the cage
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save your money and don't buy a fogger just my 2 cents hope this helps.
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My first snake was a Bull. I lovee her. I would recommend them.
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Foggers go for 30-70$, depending on where you buy them. But only use it for an hour or so every few days because they REALLY increase humidity.

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i wouldn't go for a fogger. my bro had one. unless you are getting it for aesthetic value. I think there are other ways to keep up the humidity that don't cost much, or anything at all! Yeah, go with carpet. but DEFINETELY READ UP ON THEM FIRST! ask a ton of questions, have an enclosure already set up for a few days before getting it, and a good idea would be to post a pic or description of the setup on the Pythons - Morelia Spilota board so you can have people make sure it's all good. carpets are awesome...good luck,
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I would go with a carpet as well. I am going to get a coastal carpet soon. They get up to 12 feet, though. A lot different than an IJ.
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I'd suggest a corn snake. You want to talk about a snake that can adapt to ANYTHING.. low heat, high heat, low humidity, high humidity... they are the most adaptable snakes alive, IMO.
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