11-29-2008, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie
I'd never have guessed that was a copperhead. Not many people keep venomous snakes so that species never occured to me. It's a very beautiful specimen.
I once kept a Columbia Redtail boa but once he reached 8 feet+ he became too heavy for me to handle. Once you stop handling them they tend not to be so tame and feeding becomes a bit more challenging.
I'll be getting my newphew a snake for Christmas and he can't decide between the Ball python or a Red Rat snake. He's very excited about his soon to be acquisition. Do you have an opinion on which species might be better for an 8 year old??
What's a Monacal? I've googled it and I'm not finding anything related to herps.
Anyway, your Copperhead is a great looking snake...do you have any photos of the viper & cobra you used to keep??
A Ball python, hands down. Rat snakes tend to bite the hand that feeds them. MOST Ball pythons are fine with handling. When picking one out, make sure that it is eating. You want to either see it eat or see a lump in it as proof. The super tiny ones offered for sale at pet shops are sometimes difficult to start feeding. Also, it is easier if you get one that is big enough to take at least small mice instead of baby mice as they are readily available in any pet shop. I only have video of the other snakes I had on an old camcorder,remember those huge VHS dinosaurs. I did manage to have someone transfer it to DVD but I don't know how to get a still picture from it but if it's possible, I would sure like to. Any High Tec. people out there with info as to how to do it? Oh shoot, I meant Monocle Cobra. Sorry. I had a DUH moment. LOl