Gepubliceerd in jaargang 78, nummer 5-6 van Lacerta
Een kamer vol Corallus caninus - Interview met Dennis Oonincx, over zijn Hondskopboa’s
Een kamer vol Corallus caninus – Interview met Dennis Oonincx, over zijn Hondskopboa’s
A room full of Corallus caninus
One of the members of the herpetological society was interviewed about his hobby, which started at a young age with Garter snakes (Thamnophis), went on with Green Tree Pythons (Morelia viridis) and which finally culminated in Emerald Tree Boas (Corallus caninus).
The Emerald Tree Boas are kept in a separate room, and are housed in terrariums with lots of plants. There is an automatic spraying system and the animals are fed once a week. These animals are known as fussy eaters, but by presenting warm prey-animals (freshly killed or thawed), there are no eating problems at all. Husbandry is said to be difficult too, which is true for wild-caught animals, but certainly not for captive-bred snakes.
There is offspring on a regular basis, each time some seven to twelve red snakes. Later in life their colour changes to green. Rearing is no problem, and the juveniles are exchanged or sold at fairs.
At one point the interviewee tried to observe this species in the wild, but he was not successful. Only another species of Corallus was spotted.