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    Re: Thinking about switching to a baby green anaconda...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kokorobosoi View Post
    I just want to put more emphasis on the two people per giant snake handling rule. My husband transported venomous snakes from the airport as a job. When he had to handle a burm, he got a buddy. Who was not me. I'm simply not big enough to manhandle a cranky burm. Apparently it had to be sent to a zoo. It broke its enclosure. It's healthy and happy in a zoo, Not all snakes are that lucky.

    Just picture having to explain to the neighbors that dogs cats and small children need to be kept inside until further notice because a chicken eating snake is missing. Not cool.
    Most anacondas aren't any larger than a retic. The issue here is not the presence of a large snake, its the experience level of the keeper. Plenty of us keep large snakes safely and healthy, but have the level of experience to do so properly.

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    Sorry bout that. Was just hoping to reinforce having a buddy system in place. Hopefully the buddy would have the experience lacking in the op. Wasn't quite sure on size of the anaconda so I went with what I do have some experience with. As in I know enough not to do it!

    So bout the size of a retic, length and girth wise?

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    Re: Thinking about switching to a baby green anaconda...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kokorobosoi View Post
    Sorry bout that. Was just hoping to reinforce having a buddy system in place. Hopefully the buddy would have the experience lacking in the op. Wasn't quite sure on size of the anaconda so I went with what I do have some experience with. As in I know enough not to do it!

    So bout the size of a retic, length and girth wise?
    No worries! While anacondas are a thicker bodied snake, male retics will routinely achieve a longer overall length than a male anaconda. Female anacondas and female retics tend to be about the same size I believe, depending on genetics. Nevertheless all are giants and need to be handled appropriately. You are right about the buddy system. Once you get a snake over about 7-8 ft a second person is definitely necessary. Im a big guy and I still feel safer having a second person around when handling giants.

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