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6/15/06 6:37 PM
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how do they do in captivity? anyone have any?
6/15/06 8:01 PM
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They aren't too horribly common up here in the frozen Empire of Kanadia, but they are very pretty little snakes. The ones i've seen were a bit flighty and quite shy but had just stunning markings with deep vibrant colours. They're on the smaller end of the milksnake scale with a think 3' being a really big one if i recall correctly. More popular as captives it seems in the southern States, but still not super common.
6/15/06 8:44 PM
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thanks....also ive looked at a few sites and i see people selling "green anacondas"! are these the anacondas that get like 20+ ft.? why? thats about all i can think to say!
6/16/06 10:39 AM
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Scarlet kings are notoriously difficult to keep for a couple reasons. First, getting hatchlings to survive is extremely difficult. They are tiny little babies, and will only eat other reptiles. The few people I've spoken with who have raised them live in S FL where anole and ground skinks are common, which happen to be the normal forage for scarlets. But even a baby anole is too big for most hatchlings. So what they do is catch adult anoles and break off the tail and give the tail to the hatchlings. Can you imagine having to go out and find 10-20 anoles a week with good tails? That's a chore. That's why captive bred scarlets are still expensive, and that's why most scarlets for sale are wild caught. Second, wild caught scarlets are very hard to switch over to rodent diets. In the wild they are pretty much reptile predators exclusively. So if you want to keep a mature one, you had better be prepared to feed it other snakes and lizards. A lot of shops will claim they've been switched over to mice/fuzzies, but I wouldn't rely on that. I haven't kept scarlets, but I've had a couple non-rodent-eating species, and they are an extra chore to keep because of their dietary requirements. I would just go with any of the milksnakes that are just as colorful, and way easier to keep, than a scarlet.
6/16/06 8:13 PM
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Yeah Pueblans compare colour wise and keep their colours throughout their life for the most part.
6/17/06 3:41 AM
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Just did some digging on them and it seems they're even a bit smaller than i remembered. The record length for one is 27" with an average of about 20" for an adult. Scarlet King Apricot Pueblan Milk
6/18/06 2:02 PM
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thanks for all the info!!
6/18/06 10:06 PM
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Apricot pueblans are gorgeous. So many times I almost bought one or five of them.
6/22/06 12:19 AM
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lol I tell ya if they got Hondo-sized i'd probably be all over them. I've gone Hondo crazy lately and will be most likely be getting late this summer either a pair of Hypo hets, or a Hypo female to breed to my male Tangerine.
6/22/06 10:58 AM
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Nice!

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