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Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:51 am Post subject: Aquatic Snake in a Planted Tank....
I came across this in another forum.....Erpeton tentaculatum (Tentacle Water Snake) ...It is a rear fanged aquatic snake, it is venomous but only dangerous to snails and fish! (Only eats larger fish) in a planted tank!
Has anyone dared to try this in India......Would love to see a tank like that ....but i'm sure i'll not have one.........
Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:18 am Post subject: Re: Aquatic Snake in a Planted Tank....
I have been reading up on these guys on the net for some time.
From what there is to read on the net these are not the easiest of snakes. Apparently the people with some experience in keeping this snake alive are the ones that keep pet snakes not aquarists - most of the posts in forums and almost all the write-ups on this animal come from herp fanatics not aquarists.
Maybe you can move from easy to keep snakes on to this as you gain some experience. I doubt if any among the IAH members has any experience with this particular species. In addition I think there is a legal aspect to consider too when it comes to snakes - just as in turtles.
Snakes also have very special requirements. It is not enough just to have a well planted aquarium. Live food, basking lights, skin sheddings, water quality and most importantly all snakes (and this one in particular) have a susceptibility to invasive fungal infections - often fatal.
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