Not that I know a whole lot about them, but there seems to be a huge difference between males and females as far as size and growth. I can't imagine mine reaching 2 ft. by the time it's a year old.
I fell in love with them at a show last year. A lady had an absolute monster female around her neck. Very intimidating look and size but it was an absolute sweetheart! I have yet to see one that is anything but friendly!
Anatopism has one that is about 6 feet long and shes a beauty you could also pm him and ask a few questions hes always willing to answer any questions. I had one and sadly she passed before long and I have no idea why but I was extremely disappointed because she was one of my favorites. Their pattern and colors are just awesome and I think their easy tempered for the most part. I plan to get another sometime in the near future. Highly recommended. However mine was a picky feeder and would only eat live.
This is a good thread as I too became VERY interested in these. Shortly after we got my son his female royal, I went berserk and started reading and researching all the constrictors.
I'm telling myself once the girl we have grows (hopefully 4.5 - 5.5 ft) we'll have all the snake we'll ever want. However, I liked the Dumeril's because they are big, but not too big. I don't ever picture being in a spot where I'd ever be anything but a solo handler unless my son decides to live at home forever LOL.
I was recently at our reptile store and they have a nice pair of male Dumeril's and a female. The female is THICK!! I don't think she's much more than 7 FT, but her girth was impressive. I liked the males as well, and could see owning one. The female seemed to be a lot of snake.
With that said, I also see dwarf/super dwarf retics and burmese popping up here and there,
Having some of those options in mind and the possibility a blood python, has anybody had a chance to evaluate the general qualities and nature of the above mentioned. (dwarf retic/burmese or blood VS Demeril's)
The Dumeril's sounds like a nice snake and with the similar husbandry to the B/P so it may be an easy step up if I ever take the step.
Yeah I love the Dumeril's because it's a larger snake, but not too big to where you need two people to handle it. I like thicker snakes as well, and with its temperament, it seems you can't go wrong with a Dumeril's. And since it is such a slow grower, you won't have to worry about getting its final enclosure for a couple of years.
And yeah the husbandry is almost identical to BP's which is terrific!!