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Old 06-18-17, 01:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Which snake type would be happy in such an enclosure?

I have an enclosure that is in inch: 30 long, 20 deep, 40 high. Which snake type would be happy in such an enclosure? other than ball python, corn snake or green tree python?
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Old 06-19-17, 02:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Which snake type would be happy in such an enclosure?

No answer is also is an answer. Any suggestion would have been appreciated. I was trying to know if the space of this enclosure is enough for an adult snake other than those that i have mentioned.

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Re: Which snake type would be happy in such an enclosure?

I will go with an arboreal species. Maybe an Amazon tree boa could fit in it even as an adult.
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Re: Which snake type would be happy in such an enclosure?

Coelognathus radiata would do fine in one of those, maybe a small Sanzinia Madagascariensis male.. A lot of arboreal type snakes that would use the high need more depth and width. Like the Rhynchophis boulengeri. All I can think of right now!
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Re: Which snake type would be happy in such an enclosure?

Maybe one of the smaller breed of Carpets... I have a 7 year old, 5'+ foot Jungle, who thinks he's a green tree python... I love my guy's personality, it's so different then all my other guys... He's in a 40 gal tank right now and it's a bit small for him I think... But using the size formula, that the size of the snake, does not exceed the length plus the width of the inclosure, he is barely over... I read somewhere, that they only need 6 inches off the ground to fulfill their arboreal needs, but someday I'd like to get him a bigger cage...
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Old 06-19-17, 08:52 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Which snake type would be happy in such an enclosure?

Thanks everybody for your valuable suggestions. It would be small for an adult Amazon tree boa. And Sanzinia Madagascariensis and Coelognathus radiata are not available here in Germany. And if i wanted to have a carpet i won,t go for one of the smaller breed. I think the three choices that i have mentioned myself are the ones that i should choose from. And it will be a ball python.
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You can't go wrong with a ball python... When I first got into the hobby I didn't ever want to get a ball python... I thought their heads were way out of proportion to their bodys... And they curled up in a ball when you hold them; I thought how boring...{Boy was I wrong} I really wanted a blue eye white snake really, really bad and the leucistic balls were the least expensive out there... To date my Crystal is the most expensive snake I have in my collection ... I love her to death... I pick up her boyfriend {Leon} for a mear $75.oo in case I lose my mind and want to start breeding her for leucistic babys... I havn't done all the research on breeding as yet to see if I want to do it... I have only been in the hobby for a little over a year now and I am learning as fast as I can... I am 66 and feel like a kid again... I'm having way too much fun...
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Re: Which snake type would be happy in such an enclosure?

I think an adult BP would prefer more floor space and less vertical space but it might work. Of the 3 choices you mentioned a GTP would probably fit best in that enclosure. Best wishes with whatever you choose.
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I think an adult BP would prefer more floor space and less vertical space but it might work. Of the 3 choices you mentioned a GTP would probably fit best in that enclosure. Best wishes with whatever you choose.
Thank you.. You have mentioned 2 points. I have no experience with GTP, so i will agree with you.
And regarding the second point about ball python climbing abilities, I found this article to be very interesting 'cut and paste '

"As regards climbing, "exploring" and Royal Python habitat use... people seem to have the mistaken assumption that these snakes are nocturnal and fossorial. Neither is entirely true. This idea has been bandied about for a few decades because the snakes aestivate in burrows during the hottest parts of the year, and this is when they are easiest for the trappers to locate. This does not mean they spend their whole lives underground, nor does it mean they are "ambush predators" that sit and wait most of their lives - on the contrary they are surprisingly active "search hunters" that happen to do most of their hunting at night and, in the case of adult females, hunt in burrows for rodents.

Males and smaller animals exhibit a completely different mode of hunting - they climb trees and target a completely different source of food. We know this from a variety of sources:

"Survey of the status and management of the Royal Python (Python regius) in Ghana" lists pythons being found in trees, although points out that the species is very adaptable to the point of being semi-invasive and responds well to anthropogenic disturbance. It also mentions a specimen being found up a tree.

"Food resource partitioning of a community of snakes in a swamp rainforest of south-eastern Nigeria" lists woodpeckers and warblers (both consummately arboreal species that do not spend much if any time on the ground) as among the most numerous prey retrieved from Royal Python stomach (Cisticola warblers were the single prey genus that had the highest number found in Royal Pythons during the survey).

"Why do males and females of Python regius differ in parasite load" points out that males (which are more arboreal) carry different and much higher parasite loads than females, possibly as a result of the differences in habitat use.

"Jebels By Moonlight" lists a first hand observation of a Royal Python hunting in a tree in Sudan.

"Sexual size dimorphism and natural history traits are correlated with intersexual dietary divergence in royal pythons (python regius) from the rainforests of southeastern Nigeria" - half of the male pythons encountered over a two year period were found on trees. The diet of male pythons under a certain size had a huge percentage of birds and arboreal mammals.

"Species trade and conservation: Snake trade and conservation management (Serpentes.spp.)
An assessment of the impact of the pet trade on five CITES-Appendix II case studies" lists the species as being both terrestrial and tree-dwelling animals.

The fact is Royal Pythons are extraordinarily adaptive snakes that can tolerate a wide variety of habitats and are not negatively affected by anthropogenic change to the same extent as many other reptiles are. They can be terrestrial AND semi-arboreal depending on the habitats they inhabit, although according to studies by authors such as Luca Luiselli they reach their highest population densities in forested areas as opposed to grassland.

It is worth noting that males especially seem to have adapted to fit a different niche to the larger females to the point that diet composition is almost totally different in several studies, and includes a significant percentage of birds and arboreal mammals that are most likely being stalked and captured in trees at night. They are also picking up a completely different parasite load because of this!"
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Re: Which snake type would be happy in such an enclosure?

Nice read Pedroo. Thanks for sharing. I learn something new everyday .
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Re: Which snake type would be happy in such an enclosure?

Taiwanese Beauty Snake would be the species going into that enclosure if I had it.
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No answer is also is an answer. Any suggestion would have been appreciated. I was trying to know if the space of this enclosure is enough for an adult snake other than those that i have mentioned.
What did you expect? You asked an unspecific question, if you had specified your preferences (Colubrid, Boa, Python) you might have gotten your answer a little earlier.

As Tsubaki already told you, the dimensions of your enclosure are too small for most medium sized Colubrids and more or less all Boas or Pythons. Smaller Colubrids which might fit into the enclosure are food specialists more often than not, eating frogs or lizards as their main prey and are (nearly) impossible to keep.

The enclosure is probably big enough for a male Green Bush Snake (Gonyosoma prasinum), but it might be difficult to get them to eat, so depending on your experience this might not be a suitable snake for you.

A small male ball python would fit into it and you are right, they do like to climb, I saw two of them at the very top of their enclosure at the Reptilium Landau (a reptile zoo in Germany) a few years ago. But as I already told you in your previous post about enclosure size for Boas (which was lost after the restore of the forum) you have to keep the guidelines for minimum enclosure size in mind. Depending on which species you (will) keep, you might get into close contact with the administration responsible for registering protected species (this would be the "Untere Naturschutzbehoerde" here in Hessen or the equivalent in the state you live in). They might call on you if you keep any reptiles you have to register (Cites protected or European reptiles).



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And Sanzinia Madagascariensis and Coelognathus radiata are not available here in Germany.


Did you even bother to search for them? If you search for Sanzinia madagascariensis here


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you will currently find 4 advertisements with a total of 15 snakes, all were registered in June.

There is also an ad for Coelognathus radiata from April and this shop from France has some for sale as well.



https://www.lftshop.com/autres-colubrides,fr,3,30.cfm



They will not ship to Germany, but they attend the Hamm Expo in September, so you could contact them before and they will bring the snakes.



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Taiwanese Beauty Snake would be the species going into that enclosure if I had it.



Seriously? You would keep a snake which might grow to 240 cm (8 ft.) in an enclosure of 75 x 50 x 100 cm (2,5 x 2 x 3 ft)? Have you ever seen an adult Beauty Snake in action? These guys are really active (if you provide them the necessary room to be active in). According to the guidelines I mentioned above a suitable enclosure size for Orthriophis taeniurus friesei would be 1,0 x 0,5 x 1,0 of total body length, so probably something like 200 x 100 x 200 cm (7 x 3 x 7 ft).

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Re: Which snake type would be happy in such an enclosure?

I'm a little more keen on smaller species (less clean up) and they can be as rewarding in less space as a larger species.

I would look into rough or smooth green snakes. It's a colubrid, insectivores and highly attractive/active little creatures. They'd use all the space given to them.
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Old 06-19-17, 03:40 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Taiwanese Beauty Snake would be the species going into that enclosure if I had it.
OPs cage: 20x30x40 = 13.9cu ft
40gal cage: 18x36x18 = 6.8cu ft

IMO the OP's cage is too small for a Asian Rat (aka Taiwanese Beauty). My 4yr old is 7ft long and I think that the OPs cage would be too small despite the vertical. My current cage is 30x66x18, or 20.625cu ft.
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Old 06-25-17, 11:50 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Re: Which snake type would be happy in such an enclosure?

Agree way too small for a beauty snake. Viv that size I'd be looking as one of the small Asian rat snake sp. or something like a Rufus beaked snake.

African house snake work also.
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