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African house snakes
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Old 04-06-2004, 04:33 PM   #11
Amanda E
I've heard that their temperments are just as good as a corn. I've also heard that they never try to bite, unless you restrain them behind the head, then they turn vicious.

The one I've held was a bit more flighty than a corn, but then again this was an animal that rarely, if ever, got handled (she was just used for breeding) so I'm sure that's why she was so jumpy.
 
Old 04-07-2004, 06:56 PM   #12
ronlina
wow, this is the first time I have ever heard of them. I don't think I've ever seen them for sale (of course, I've also never been to a herp show to my regret) - but they're very beautiful, I would consider getting one after I've had my corn a while or something.
 
Old 04-08-2004, 12:11 AM   #13
Gorn
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Originally posted by Amanda E
...The one I've held was a bit more flighty than a corn, but then again this was an animal that rarely, if ever, got handled (she was just used for breeding) so I'm sure that's why she was so jumpy.
Amanda, you must be righ cause mine is the calmest snake I ever handle. By the way, that olive AHS you post is stunting. I would like to found a adult male around here to breed with my female. A black one. Black AHS are my prefered ones.
 
Old 04-22-2004, 03:30 PM   #14
Skye
Well, I am going to answer most of my own questions here having read the links and talked to a few people. I am putting this up for anyone else interested.

What is the size range for adults?

They are sexually very dimorphic in size. It appears to be about 24 - 30 inches for males, and 3 - 5 feet for females.

How large are the hatchlings? What do you start feeding hatchlings on?

about 6 - 10 inches, they should be fine with pinkies

I know they can breed year round, so presumably no cooling is required?

cooling does not appear to be needed, up to six clutches can be laid per year

These questions below I still do not know the answer to, so now I have gone away and done some reading, I would really appreciate some help please.

For those of you that keep them, what are your views on housing pairs together, vs. all separate housing? (I have heard both views.)
Which of the AHS, Aurora house snakes, and Namibian house snakes are most prolific?
What are the main differences between these species?
What are the down-sides of these species?
Where is a reputable place to get them in the US?


Finally, and probably most importantly to me - what is the hottest temperature I can safely incubate the eggs?

Thanks in advance, Skye
 
Old 04-22-2004, 03:54 PM   #15
Amanda E
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Originally posted by Skye

Which of the AHS, Aurora house snakes, and Namibian house snakes are most prolific?
Well, I can't answer your question, but I can say that the Olive house snakes that my friend has (that I posted the photo of) have been very hard for him to breed. So far they have just not wanted to cooperate and of all people I would think he would know what to do to make them breed, since he is one of the few fore-fathers regarding captive breeding, though he's more known in milksnake circles than cornsnake circles. He does have his name mentioned in the Corn Snake Manual though.
 
Old 04-22-2004, 07:45 PM   #16
Ken Harbart
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Originally posted by Skye


For those of you that keep them, what are your views on housing pairs together, vs. all separate housing? (I have heard both views.)
Which of the AHS, Aurora house snakes, and Namibian house snakes are most prolific?
What are the main differences between these species?
What are the down-sides of these species?
Where is a reputable place to get them in the US?


Finally, and probably most importantly to me - what is the hottest temperature I can safely incubate the eggs?
- I'd strongly recommend solitary housing. One concern being that the incessant breeding and egg-laying will ultimately kill the female. The other concern being the strong feeding response of the AHS. To a house snake with feeding on its mind, anything that moves is fair game.

- The AHS is by far the most prolific of the Lamprophis.

- None of the three house snakes that you listed can be easily mistaken for one another. The Aurora is arguably the most attractive, with it's orange dorsal stripe. The Namibians, although colored like a brown AHS, have large yellow eyes. The AHS is extremely variable, but one would be hard pressed to cofuse it with any other Lamprophis.

-Downside: If you keep AHS, be prepared to clean cages a bit more often due to their fast metabolism. Also, hatchlings often don't start right away on pinkies. When I was selling AHS, I'd' have two prices- one for fresh out of the egg hatchlings, and the other higher price for those that I went through the time and trouble of getting established.

- There's several folks working with them. Keep your eyes on the ads at faunaclassifieds, and they'll be available every now and again.
 
Old 04-23-2004, 09:27 AM   #17
WingedWolf
Planning to work with these...

The hard to start hatchlings--do they scent over to pinks with lizards? Or do they prefer something else?
 
Old 04-23-2004, 10:32 AM   #18
Skye
great - thank you very much for the help

how about the egg maximum incubation temperature???

Thanks, Skye

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