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redchigh 11-29-2011 04:41 PM

Water Snakes
 
Just brainstorming...Anyone know some species that stay small?

Evidently there are several species that prefer the water, but in particular I'm looking at the Northern Water Snake..
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_uP1mxAaLGe...triangulum.jpg

There's always the false water cobra... But it gets big too...
http://members.nuvox.net/jmaloney/snake33.jpg
Also, it's mildly venomous... Hmm.

Both could be fed live fish (livebearers) when young, but not really sure what I would feed a 6 foot aquatic snake...

Limeylemon 11-29-2011 05:49 PM

False water cobras can be fed mice I am sure, and mildly venomous usually means like a bee sting :)

Not sure about the rest, thought I would chip in that!

redchigh 12-03-2011 10:25 AM

well, it depends on how long you let it chew on you... It's rear-fanged so it has to kind of chew for a while... There are some reports of temporary muscle paralysis if enough venom gets injected. (nothing life threatening though, just in a limited area...)

Limeylemon 12-04-2011 07:05 AM

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Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 910842)
well, it depends on how long you let it chew on you... It's rear-fanged so it has to kind of chew for a while... There are some reports of temporary muscle paralysis if enough venom gets injected. (nothing life threatening though, just in a limited area...)

I have more experience with a hognose than false water cobras, but I know my hognose is slightly venomous. Its the same with rear fangs, if he chewed for long enough and got a great grasp on your hand it would end up like a bee sting, the area would swell, go very numb and sore and last for a day or 2 which i can deal with if he ever got big enough to do so!
Have you ever seen tentacled snakes?
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Seriously strange snakes if you want a fully aquatic one.

redchigh 12-04-2011 11:52 AM

Cool... I might have to look into that one... There's definately an advantage to it's size... Not sure what I'd feed a 6 foot aquatic snake. 35 inches is much more reasonable.

Limeylemon 12-04-2011 11:56 AM

They are truly strange and interesting creatures. I know they can be difficult to source though and don't think they breed in captivity very well.

redchigh 12-04-2011 01:27 PM

Anyone know of a good reptile forum?
 
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