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What hot do you recommend? [First hot]

Postby reinhard » Sat Apr 22, 2006 9:19 pm

Hi all,

I wish to buy myself a semi hot to start off with hots. What would you guys recommend? I was thinking of a white lippped tree viper, but was also thinking of something worth while to breed with ( that has a decent price). Or something indiginous that doesn't need special food like frogs and gechos. I want to start learning how to handle hots, cause I ultimately want a Gaboon and/or a forest cobra one day. I just want to go slowly for now, until I've learnt all the things like bite treatment etc. At the rate my boas are tagging me now, I don't think it'll be soon.
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Postby Natal Black » Sat Apr 22, 2006 9:51 pm

cape corals are fast moving little basterds so thats good practice - and they are not as bad as your fully fledged cobras .. they are such beautifull characters too , you must get some! they go for +- 700 bucks
mr T has too many every season you can easily get from him ....
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Postby reinhard » Sat Apr 22, 2006 10:12 pm

I think that might be a good idea. I know where I can buy a 6 month old one for R600
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Postby Natal Black » Sat Apr 22, 2006 11:09 pm

Do it !!!
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Postby GOOF 1o1 » Sun Apr 23, 2006 7:32 pm

Hi I heard that false water cobras are good beginners hots and they got good charecters aswell but i cannot talk outa experience I keep water mocasins they are very nice hots but very dangerous so get experience first GOOD LUCK
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Postby Natal Black » Sun Apr 23, 2006 10:55 pm

Definately! False water cobras are cool!
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Postby Dentech » Mon Apr 24, 2006 12:21 pm

If you want to start with "semi-hots" as you say, why not start with very aggressive non venemous snakes. If you don't get bitten by them, then maybe you will be ready for venemous snakes. You say that your boas tag you - that might still be a warning.

( I do not want to sound too negative, but getting hots is a more serious decision than you might think)
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Postby snake-5 » Mon Apr 24, 2006 12:39 pm

false water cobras are the best to start there feeding response is incredible and they sell for about 850 a baby BUT ur in luck i am letting one of my males go for R1500 he is 1.3 odd meters and very cool and docile (except 4 feeding time)
MY RETICS ARE ADIMANT THAT PEOPLE TASTE LIKE CHICKEN.

Im Zenafobic... that zena chick from t.v scares the cr@# out of me.
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Postby Bushbaby » Mon Apr 24, 2006 12:53 pm

I have to agree with Dentech. Get a very agro non-venomous snake first, then look at a mildly venomous snake.
http://www.snakebiteassist.co.za
http://www.reptileexpo.co.za
http://www.boaconstrictors.co.za
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Postby BWSmith » Mon Apr 24, 2006 3:55 pm

There is always a mamba. You either become VERY good very quickly or very dead just as quickly :lol:
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Postby snake-5 » Mon Apr 24, 2006 4:01 pm

lol@bw
MY RETICS ARE ADIMANT THAT PEOPLE TASTE LIKE CHICKEN.

Im Zenafobic... that zena chick from t.v scares the cr@# out of me.
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Postby gaboon » Mon Apr 24, 2006 4:41 pm

you can start with a "hot" hot hatchling and as it matures so will your experience and confidence. Just a thought
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Postby reinhard » Mon Apr 24, 2006 8:25 pm

I take chances with my boas, that's why they tag me (cause I can afford it) I don't even take chances with my skaapsteker or Red lip. I just want something a little more challenging. I think this false water cobra thing might also be a good idea.
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