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    Anaconda

    Hi guys, I might get a baby yellow anaconda. I still need to do research and prepare for it. But in the meantime, can anyone share their experiences with greens or yellows. These are truly very impressive snakes. I heard many people say that anacondas are very unpredictable and never tame down but there may be exceptions. Oh yes and can you guys also share some feeding tips that you follow

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    I wouldn't call them unpredictable so much as nonchalant in their "hurting" of the hand that feeds them. My F1 yellow would calmly turn his head into me and give me a good slashing about once a year, despite me having worked with him a great deal since he was a nippy newborn. My F3 green never made me bleed. I considered both animals extremely tame. I'd feed larger meals every 2-3 weeks. Careful not to overfeed. There are already enough morbidly obese anacondas in captivity without adding more.

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    Re: Anaconda

    Quote Originally Posted by John1982 View Post
    I wouldn't call them unpredictable so much as nonchalant in their "hurting" of the hand that feeds them. My F1 yellow would calmly turn his head into me and give me a good slashing about once a year, despite me having worked with him a great deal since he was a nippy newborn. My F3 green never made me bleed. I considered both animals extremely tame. I'd feed larger meals every 2-3 weeks. Careful not to overfeed. There are already enough morbidly obese anacondas in captivity without adding more.
    So if i handle a baby frequently and feed well, i'll have a happy anaconda? And what do you feed every 2-3 weeks?

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    So if i handle a baby frequently and feed well, i'll have a happy anaconda? And what do you feed every 2-3 weeks?

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    Not necessarily. I fed rats and rabbits.

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    I have a yellow, which was a rescue. Vet figured she was 6-12 months old when we got her in January. She started out extremely defensive and even now will nip if she thinks she's being trapped when you hold her. If you move slowly and deliberately, and don't loom over her, then she's ok. I still touch her with a hook before I put a hand anywhere near her, and ideally I can get her to crawl out of the enclosure and across my hand if I need to pick her up.

    She's also a lot quicker than you would expect a heavy-bodied snake to be, both to turn on you or to run if she gets scared.

    Mine was picky at first about eating, most likely from stress. Quail chicks got her eating, now she eats either a medium rat or a rabbit kit every two weeks. They need to be fed more like boas than pythons.

    Also they like the water, a lot. If you give them a tub big enough to soak in, they will use it.
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    Re: Anaconda

    Great video but that is all about greens not yellows. Are yellows more feisty and tempermental compared to the greens?

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    Re: Anaconda

    Quote Originally Posted by John1982 View Post
    Not necessarily. I fed rats and rabbits.
    Will a male yellow also need to fees rabbits? Or nust like multiple rats? I dont really like the fact if i have to feed rabbits because i dont know where to get them and theyre just big. I dont know how to explain it.

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    Re: Anaconda

    Quote Originally Posted by William Snakespeare View Post
    Great video but that is all about greens not yellows. Are yellows more feisty and tempermental compared to the greens?

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    From the limited knowledge and second hand info i got about anacondas, yes, yellows are more feisty than greens in general. But there are always exceptions. Also a gal i knew had a green and that thing did LOVE water. It spent 99% of the time in the water lol. And when she took it out, depending how the snake felt, it sometimes would drop a huge deuce which if you arent fast could end up on you haha.

    Also from what I know, yellows stay smaller than greens. Regardless, be sure you are able to afford a very large home and even more so, very large food. They arent going to be eating rat their whole life lol.

    Just make darn sure you know what you are getting into. Big stuff like retics, burms and anacondas are not something you buy on an impulse. They all get big and are not going to be easy to rehome if you decide its too big or you get tired of it.
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    Re: Anaconda

    Quote Originally Posted by William Snakespeare View Post
    Will a male yellow also need to fees rabbits? Or nust like multiple rats? I dont really like the fact if i have to feed rabbits because i dont know where to get them and theyre just big. I dont know how to explain it.

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    Well since they get to around 14', yes, they will need bigger food than rats unless you want to feed the thing like 10 jumbo rats per feeding haha. I know guys with burms feed them rabbits and pigs. Heck, my 7' retic could power down a piglet right now if i offered it to him. During the summer, he was eating a 2XL guinea pig every 10 days.
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