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Giant Chinese Green Snakes (Cyclophiops major)

Posted by Sonja K. at 11/24/2010 12:19:43 PM


These two guys arrived yesterday.
In researching, they are semi-arboreal and their diet consists mainly of night crawlers. They also like it fairly humid.
Last night, I set them up in an Exo-terra with heat tape under it, a lot of greenery within the enclosure, 2 hides, 
and a mix of eco-earth and forrest bedding as a substrate - simply because I didn't have enough eco-earth on hand. LOL
I'm looking forward to seeing how they will do for me, as they are wild caught ones. 
I'll keep you all updated on them as I go.

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Jena Hugs & Hisses,
Posted At: 11/24/2010 12:30:44 PM  

They are super cute!!

Candace ,
Posted At: 11/24/2010 1:06:26 PM  

Oh their lovely!!!

Tanner Stainbrook,
Posted At: 11/24/2010 2:16:03 PM  

Beautiful Animals!

Emily ,
Posted At: 11/24/2010 4:04:07 PM  

Those are some really neat looking snakes.  Congrats!

The Shammernator ,
Posted At: 11/24/2010 5:28:13 PM  
Oh my gosh! I just got a Pair of these in yesterday. Who Did you get them from!?

Abby McDufford,
Posted At: 11/24/2010 7:25:53 PM  


Frances ,
Posted At: 11/24/2010 7:33:56 PM  

They are beautiful snakes.  Congrats!

Lillie ,
Posted At: 11/24/2010 8:39:23 PM  

They are beautiful, I just love green snakes.

Meg Francoeur,
Posted At: 11/24/2010 8:40:18 PM  

Really pretty animals. Have they taken any worms for you yet?  I'm wondering if a species like that would require UV lighting like some of the other insect eating reptiles and snakes.

Aurora ,
Posted At: 11/24/2010 9:06:10 PM  


Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 11/24/2010 9:13:55 PM  

Thanks all!

I got them from Outback, Shannon. How 'bout you?

Meg, I haven't found a reference for their need for UV yet, but there really is not much info. out there on them. I put a dish with some worms in the cage a bit ago, so not yet. Just got them yesterday, so even if they don't eat tonight hopefully they will soon. : ) 

Rebecca ,
Posted At: 11/24/2010 9:26:10 PM  

Very pretty!  Congratulations & good luck with them!

Posted At: 11/25/2010 1:16:53 AM  

Wow! Good luck with them, they're beautiful.

Melanie Bernal ,
Posted At: 11/25/2010 8:50:15 AM  

Very cool, Sonja!! I seem to have a "thing" for green snakes! ;-) Love the set up!! 

The Shammernator ,
Posted At: 11/25/2010 5:10:35 PM  
Many types of green snakes, especially the smooth and roughs from north America, while not closely related at all have one thing in common... They will often do well for a few months to a year and then inexplicably die off. That's why I firmly believe that there is a missing link --- involving UV lighting and for the insectivores, a varied diet. I don't think that plain old crickets are enough for our north American greens, and as for these Chinese greens, there has got to be more in their diet than just worms! I know that so far that's really all anybody can get them to eat, but it goes to show we have a lot to learn when it comes to this special niche! I got mine from another guy that had them for sale. I have a bit of a sore spot for outback right now... 2 shows ago I was going past their tables and recognized a hybrid kingsnake they had. 6 month ago I traded that exact snake to a local guy with papers documenting exactly what cross it was. I pulled out my phone and checked the markings and it was indeed my snake. I politely explained that they had the animal labeled wrong and that it actually was not at all what the label stated... As it had been my snake! I also wondered what had happened to him as he was about half the weight he used to be... Looked like he hadn't been fed in a long time! The guy behind the table simply looked at the snake and said "it looks like a $65 snake to me!" and laughed. Didn't even bother to correct the label... Or acknowledge the fact that the snake appeared starved.

Anyway, I'll have UV lights going over my greens and I am hoping for the best! I'm picking up a nice healthy female flying tree snake Friday.... Putting uv on her too! On the subject of snakes that are green, one of my female liophis poecilogyrus is green!!! Green is my favorite color!

Meg Francoeur,
Posted At: 11/26/2010 8:34:36 PM  

I think that UV is important for even nocturnal species.  I have grow lights in my natural cages for my green tree pythons etc.  I love the flying snakes, but feel that they should have a large natural cage so that they can do what they do best, which is "fly".  In a small cage they aren't capable and I'm not sure it's best for their health. I see them for sale all the time.  I'm curious to see how they do for you.

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