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I just come across a great viv for an arborial snake, but I dont know what snake to so for. I am a beginer so the snake must be an easyish one to take proper car of as I dont want to get in over my head at such an early time in the hobby.
 

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LOL It would help if you mentioned the size of the viv.
 

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Arborials are generally not beginner snakes, would it be big enough for a semi-arborial, like a boa-constrictor(depending on your level of expertise)?
 

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Sorry, I forgot to put the size. I dont know the exact size but its about 6ft tall, 3ft wide and about 3ft deep. It use to house a 10ft boa.
 

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Alot of people keep carpet pythons in a 4ft viv. Perhaps a 6ft would be just as good? Or perhaps it's a bit too large. Some pythons can become a bit stressed over large enclosures apparently.
 

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A viv like that would be more suited for arboreal lizards than snakes. Having such a great height means regulating the climate in the viv will be a bit more difficult, something that most arboreal snakes will need spot on...

Having a lower viv with a decent width so the snakes can move along branches tends to work well. Most chondro breeders for example use 2ft - 3ft tall vivs

As for a good 'starter' species, Amazon Tree Boas seem to be very in at the moment and for good reason too... They're incredibly polymorphic with all sorts of colour phases and patterns popping up in litters, fairly hardy compared to Chondros and Emeralds, and they're also being bred in captivity on a regular basis now, meaning that finding good healthy reasonably priced CB young should not be too hard 8)
 

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Chondros (green tree pythons) definitely aren't for the beginner, their environment needs to be spot on. I have cooks tree boas, which are fairly hardy and forgiving. Very feisty though, they'll strike at the viv if you get within a foot of it. Quite amusing but you wouldn't want to cuddle it like a corn.
I love arboreals but they tend not to be the friendliest of snakes (I have the scars to prove it) They make nice displays snakes though as they spend all their time coiled on a perch.
The best advice whatever species you go for is to research it thoroughly prior to getting your snake.
If Chondros are your thing see below links for advice.

http://www.finegtps.com/

http://www.ukchondros.co.uk/

http://www.greentreepythons.co.uk/
 
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