Generally its people who havnt got the husbandry correct. They can die of starvation (stress-induced anorexia), but the name speaks for itself. If the snake is stressed, it wont eat. If the husbandry is incorrect, the snake will be stressed....so why do i hear from so many people they are hard to feed and go off their food? and can in fact die of starvation because of this?
Scary... Even the mist aggressive Royals I've seen are teddy bears lol. Even if a royal bites its hardly life threatening lol. A retic, burm or blood whose pissed now thats fun!not really hard... but pretty scary. saying that, i wouldn't want to pick a fight with a royal in feeding mode.
There's a wealth of information on here, have a read and enjoy. To be honest I don't see many snakes as difficult to keep. Husbandry isnt rocket science and handling is down to time, consistency and confidence.Thankyou Abs, really looking forward to owning one, but feeling a bit daunted by things we have heard about these beautiful creatures
Basic viv with overhead heat source, thermostat, water bowl and hides. You can pretty it up if you like but the snake won't care if you've got a ceramic you don't need a mat as well - in fact I wouldn't recommend mats for heavy snakes like royals because the weight of the snake lying on the mat can cause thermal blocking (the heat can't escape and can build up under the snake and burn its belly). People who breed royals and keep lots of them often keep them in RUBs for convenience but if you've only got the one I would say a 3ft viv would be fine for an adult male, my big girl is in a 4ft viv and she does use the space as she often cruises round at night.feed little and often? can someone tell me what they actually thrive on? we have been told basic viv with heat mat and basking light/ceramic unit without uv. bark substrate. feeding an adult a large mouse every week.