Quick Question about a Red Lipped Herald..

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Quick Question about a Red Lipped Herald..

Postby roxboy » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:59 am

Hi all...was just curious...I caught a baby red lipped a few months back and have recently found another one in my garden which is about the same size as the one i have now...i want to keep this one also and just wanted to know if it can be kept in the same cage as the one i already have...

Thanks in advance for the help
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Re: Quick Question about a Red Lipped Herald..

Postby Mitton » Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:09 pm

What is your location?
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Re: Quick Question about a Red Lipped Herald..

Postby roxboy » Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:48 pm

I'm in Durban
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Re: Quick Question about a Red Lipped Herald..

Postby Westley Price » Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:14 pm

It's never a good idea to keep snakes together, irrespective of their diet.

If you are serious about keeping them and want to keep them happy, get another cage or a plastic tub and seperate them.
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Re: Quick Question about a Red Lipped Herald..

Postby roxboy » Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:19 pm

OK...but for a few days untill i get another cage would they likely try kill eachother?? what if they different sex?
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Re: Quick Question about a Red Lipped Herald..

Postby Westley Price » Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:24 pm

The chances are it won't happen, but I've seen snakes being kept together for years suddenly decide to each the other.

It happens quite often, especially to wild (WC) snakes.
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Re: Quick Question about a Red Lipped Herald..

Postby roxboy » Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:29 pm

Hmmm...That doesnt sound to good...I wouldnt be to stoked if they ate eachother...does it matter if their sex is different?? and do you know how to tell by any chance??
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Re: Quick Question about a Red Lipped Herald..

Postby Westley Price » Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:33 pm

Sex wont really make a difference.

Do I know how to tell the sexes? No foolproof way without probing, but if you can post pictures of the underside of each's tail, from the cloace to the tip of the tail, we might be able to help.
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Re: Quick Question about a Red Lipped Herald..

Postby roxboy » Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:36 pm

Ok thanks for your help i appreciate it....I will post pics in a few days once this little guy has calmed down a bit....right now he is snapping at me whenever i come remotely close to him...
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Re: Quick Question about a Red Lipped Herald..

Postby Aaxel » Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:57 pm

roxboy wrote:Ok thanks for your help i appreciate it....I will post pics in a few days once this little guy has calmed down a bit....right now he is snapping at me whenever i come remotely close to him...


Heralds can be quite funny, some tame down in hours, other's weeks, even months. I once had a wild caught, who, from being really bad tempered when caught, was a puppy in an hour, then, sometime later i caught a hatchling who I had for one month, never tamed down one bit. :-?
Some just have different personalities to others, or maybe it was their gender.
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Re: Quick Question about a Red Lipped Herald..

Postby roxboy » Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:26 pm

ok So here are some Pics of The new Herald i Found...Hope you like
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Re: Quick Question about a Red Lipped Herald..

Postby Aaxel » Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:38 pm

What a beuty!!!
wish we got the red lip varity up here, we only get the white lips.....
I miss keeping heralds, maybe I will again someday, but I promised myself I wouldn't when my beloved female escaped.....
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Re: Quick Question about a Red Lipped Herald..

Postby atropos » Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:28 pm

Personal opinion: wild snakes belong in the wild
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Re: Quick Question about a Red Lipped Herald..

Postby Aaxel » Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:15 am

atropos wrote:Personal opinion: wild snakes belong in the wild


I partialy agree, yes, I believe wild snakes should stay in the wild, but if the snake is young and has no illnesess,if it tames, then why not keep it?, what would make it different from a captive bred?
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Re: Quick Question about a Red Lipped Herald..

Postby Fooble » Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:11 am

Aaxel wrote:
atropos wrote:Personal opinion: wild snakes belong in the wild


I partialy agree, yes, I believe wild snakes should stay in the wild, but if the snake is young and has no illnesess,if it tames, then why not keep it?, what would make it different from a captive bred?



One shouldn't be concerned with illness, often wild snakes are perfectly healthy.
Tameness means nothing.

The fact is that often it is not right to throw a wild snake into a cage as a mere pet.
Taking wild snakes out of the wild is not something we as a site should promote or advise.
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