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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragoness View Post
    I have a couple corns, but they do not intrigue me as much as the 'fat' snakes. Boas and Pythons, and maybe someday, a Mangrove snake.

    About half of my reptiles are rescues and adoptions, handed off to me when their owners lost interest or ability to care for them. Most came in good health, but a few were in questionable condition upon arrival.

    At least it gives me a warm place to hang out when the rest of my house is 57F, and the reptile room is still 80F.
    My Mangrove was a rather interesting snake behaviorally speaking. During the day it was very docile and would tolerate any reasonable handling with no trouble. At night however, it's inner Black Mamba came out, it would strike a pose, huff and puff and hit anything that moved in it's range. It was a wild caught adult, captive bred behavior may be different. Regular maintenance was definitely a 9-5 affair!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SubRosa View Post
    My Mangrove was a rather interesting snake behaviorally speaking. During the day it was very docile and would tolerate any reasonable handling with no trouble. At night however, it's inner Black Mamba came out, it would strike a pose, huff and puff and hit anything that moved in it's range. It was a wild caught adult, captive bred behavior may be different. Regular maintenance was definitely a 9-5 affair!
    I have heard much the same from other Mangrove owners, but it seems almost all of them were wild caught. Not much captive breeding with these guys just yet.

    Green tree pythons seem to have very similar characteristics in terms of their day/night Jekyll/Hyde thing going on, and with them it doesn't seem to matter if they are wild caught or CB, so I'm not sure a CB mangrove would be any different.

    Mangroves are beautiful snakes, either way. Worth the trouble, IMO. I just have to find a vet who is willing to see one before I get one, just to be safe. And design a cage that can be closed off in compartments so my pet-sitters feel safe cleaning it in my absence.

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    GTPs vary in temperament based upon their island of origin as well. I haven't kept them but had a good friend who was a nut for them, and had over a dozen individuals from all the various islands they're native to. I remember distinctly that at least in his collection Biaks tended to be much nastier than Arus. He had several Arus that could be handled without hooks by skilled people without getting bit, but no way was anybody getting one of his Biaks off its branch barehanded without getting tagged.
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    I don't mind getting tagged by non-venomous reptiles. It isn't pleasant, but it's happened enough times I don't flinch anymore. Usually, I laugh. Then I grab the camera. Even when my 7 footer tagged my face. She's a bit bigger now, that was about 4 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragoness View Post
    I don't mind getting tagged by non-venomous reptiles. It isn't pleasant, but it's happened enough times I don't flinch anymore. Usually, I laugh. Then I grab the camera. Even when my 7 footer tagged my face. She's a bit bigger now, that was about 4 years ago.
    I have a strong suspicion you've never been tagged by an adult GTP or Amazon Tree Boa, or the worst of them all, an Emerald Tree Boa. Non-venomous bird eaters tend to have nasty teeth, like rough cut blades for a reciprocating saw. If you take a good grab on bite from any of those without flinching you are one tough cookie. A 4.5' Amazon gave me the most painful bite I've ever experienced, far more painful than the 12' Indian Python that got me around the same time.
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    No, I have not experienced a bite from any of the tree boas, though I have seen the teeth on Corallus caninus.

    They are still on my wish list.
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    Wow dude, Ive never seen such an extensive army of domestic reptiles. Thats cool dude. Always wanted a boa or a cornsnake but never had the funds time or space for them..
    Last edited by NemJones; 07-02-2014 at 03:52 PM.

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    Thanks. They don't cost as much as you might think - most of mine ar rescues, so the animal itself was free, and many came with cages. Many of the enclosures are re-vamped furniture that was put together on a shoestring budget. I do work in fast-food after all.
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