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reptiglo:

Chinese water dragon by generalstussner on Flickr.
Did you know that in it’s natural environment, Physignathus cocincinus is quite shy and always prepared to take flight. Quite often it rests on branches overhanging the water. When startled it drops from the branches into the bodies of water and can remain submerged for longer time periods, but it may also run into the dense riparian undergrowth on its hind legs. They are good swimmers and divers and can even catch fish. Physignathus cocincinus has a „third eye“. Actually it’s a small round spot located at the top of the head, between the eyes and is really known as the parietal.
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reptiglo:

Chinese water dragon by generalstussner on Flickr.

Did you know that in it’s natural environment, Physignathus cocincinus is quite shy and always prepared to take flight. Quite often it rests on branches overhanging the water. When startled it drops from the branches into the bodies of water and can remain submerged for longer time periods, but it may also run into the dense riparian undergrowth on its hind legs. They are good swimmers and divers and can even catch fish. Physignathus cocincinus has a „third eye“. Actually it’s a small round spot located at the top of the head, between the eyes and is really known as the parietal.

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dakonic

little-miss-poisonous asked:

You have a viper boa? I want one SO bad. That would make scaly worm #4... its a problem.... Would you recommend viper boas? And any other details?

dakonic answered:

If you prefer snakes that you can take out and handle frequently, I definitely wouldn’t suggest one. While I can handle Akasha without getting bit, she has a very short fuse and when she does get mad she doesn’t hold back. lol  If you’re looking for a more relaxed snake, you may have better luck looking into other Candoia species. C. Aspera kind of stand out from the bunch when it comes to attitude. ^_^”

They are fairly small, I believe they typically stay between 2-3 feet long. Which makes it easier to handle their attitudes. ;) As babies they can be very hard to get onto mice since they eat lizards as their natural diet and most are not too far removed from wild caught animals. From my understanding some have trouble getting them on frozen/thawed instead of live as well, although my girl takes f/t without any trouble at all. Viper Boas are one of the easiest Candoia when it comes to feeding. She has a great feeding response and overall is easy to care for.

There seems to be very little info on Viper Boas out there in contrast to a lot of other species. Which makes it harder as I like to recommend books to people considering an animal.

A lot of viper boas are wild caught, which you want to avoid. So definitely ask questions, inquire about whether or not the animals are captive bred. In many ways they’re a very cool, unique snake to have.

Here are some links with more info about them and their care:

My favorite article so far is this first one

http://www.herpnation.com/hn-blog/candoia-natural-history-husbandry/?simple_nav_category=chris-carille  

http://www.kingsnake.com/candoia/book.html

Hope this helps! :)

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