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    Yellow Anaconda vs Dwarf Retic?

    Which one would be better for the intermediate keeper?

    Male Yellow Anaconda or male Dwarf Retic?

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    Re: Yellow Anaconda vs Dwarf Retic?

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    Retic.

    Why?

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    Re: Yellow Anaconda vs Dwarf Retic?

    Yellow Annies seem to get a pretty bad wrap. Iím not an expert by any means but I have a year and a half old mainland retic male and a young male yellow anaconda. Strictly from my experience both are super rewarding but ALOT more maintenance than other species Iíve owned. They also require respect. I honestly think you get out what you put in, and spend a lot of time handling and up keeping my animals. Honestly just do youíre research and give an honest answer to whether or not you can care for the species to the fullest extent possible. Strictly from my experience the Annie has been easier, but based on other peopleís experiences how calm mine is is an exception. Also my retic is not a dwarf so he grew and he grew FAST. Both have progression threads on here if you want to check them out.

    i would think that a pure super dwarf would be a better choice though.

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    I have a male 100% SD retic and a female yellow anaconda. Despite growing faster and turning into somewhat of a jerk when he grew old enough to be interested in girls, the retic is still easier to deal with; he's more tolerant of people and outgrew his defensive nipping phase after a few months. I also have two 50% SD retic females and they are awesome. They've topped out at 10' and are just gems to handle.

    At three years old my yellow anaconda is still defensive. She's not a huge snake; being a boa species I'm slow growing her so she won't get to her max size for another few years. She's around the size of an adult boa imperator now, but she will still nip and bolt if she gets scared. I got her as a rescue and she was not feeding due to stress; fortunately baby chicks got her feeding again. So, you may need a variety of feeders available when the snake is young.

    The anaconda as an adult will also need a bigger enclosure. They mature larger than SD retics, are thicker in the body, and while may people don't offer one they really should have a soaking tub available (and they usually poop in it). Being boas the upside is that they aren't fed as often and they don't make a mess as often as retics, but when they do it's a pretty substantial cleaning chore.

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    Re: Yellow Anaconda vs Dwarf Retic?

    Quote Originally Posted by bcr229 View Post
    I have a male 100% SD retic and a female yellow anaconda. Despite growing faster and turning into somewhat of a jerk when he grew old enough to be interested in girls, the retic is still easier to deal with; he's more tolerant of people and outgrew his defensive nipping phase after a few months. I also have two 50% SD retic females and they are awesome. They've topped out at 10' and are just gems to handle.

    At three years old my yellow anaconda is still defensive. She's not a huge snake; being a boa species I'm slow growing her so she won't get to her max size for another few years. She's around the size of an adult boa imperator now, but she will still nip and bolt if she gets scared. I got her as a rescue and she was not feeding due to stress; fortunately baby chicks got her feeding again. So, you may need a variety of feeders available when the snake is young.

    The anaconda as an adult will also need a bigger enclosure. They mature larger than SD retics, are thicker in the body, and while may people don't offer one they really should have a soaking tub available (and they usually poop in it). Being boas the upside is that they aren't fed as often and they don't make a mess as often as retics, but when they do it's a pretty substantial cleaning chore.
    I thought yellow anacondas and dwarf retics both require a 6 x 3 enclosure at minimum.

    Is it also true that yellow anacondas stink more than other snakes?

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    My dwarf SD male is in a 48" x 30" x 18" enclosure and he still stuffs himself under a hide (restaurant bus tub with an access hole) when in shed. A male yellow IMO would at minimum need a 72" x 30" x 18". Personally I'd rather go longer than deeper for enclosures, as reaching into the back of a 30" enclosure to clean it is a stretch already.
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    Yellow Anaconda vs Dwarf Retic?

    About 6 months ago I came a millimeter away from getting a Green Anaconda, my dream snake. Then all of sudden, a cooler head prevailed. I figured that I would get one if I still felt the same in one year. But I did go ahead and order an 8 foot cage since it would take awhile to build.


    So glad I waited. Now that 4 of my snakes are 8 feet and two at 7 feet, cleaning is now becoming a chore rather than a minor inconvenience. And Iím sure that the Anaconda will be a much larger chore in itself in a few years.

    Punch, 8 foot Wild Type BI

    Im not into selling off my pets. But if I just canít live without an Anaconda, I wonít do it unless I sell a few of my big snakes first. And I doubt that will happen.

    And afterall, when my Olive Python matures, Iím sure that she will be a handful as well. So Iím going to try and forget the Anaconda if thatís possible.

    Olivia, 18 month Olive Python

    Iím taking the long way around the barn to say to the OP that I sure hope you think things through before jumping through that door.
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    The one thing I found that you can count on about Balls is that they are consistent about their inconsistentcy.

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    0.1 Olive (Aussie) Python, Olivia, 2017

    Please excuse the spelling in my posts. Auto-Correct is my worst enema.

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    Re: Yellow Anaconda vs Dwarf Retic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Reinz View Post
    About 6 months ago I came a millimeter away from getting a Green Anaconda, my dream snake. Then all of sudden, a cooler head prevailed. I figured that I would get one if I still felt the same in one year. But I did go ahead and order an 8 foot cage since it would take awhile to build.


    So glad I waited. Now that 4 of my snakes are 8 feet and two at 7 feet, cleaning is now becoming a chore rather than a minor inconvenience. And Iím sure that the Anaconda will be a much larger chore in itself in a few years.

    Punch, 8 foot Wild Type BI

    Im not into selling off my pets. But if I just canít live without an Anaconda, I wonít do it unless I sell a few of my big snakes first. And I doubt that will happen.

    And afterall, when my Olive Python matures, Iím sure that she will be a handful as well. So Iím going to try and forget the Anaconda if thatís possible.

    Olivia, 18 month Olive Python

    Iím taking the long way around the barn to say to the OP that I sure hope you think things through before jumping through that door.

    Where did you get the Olive Python in the UK?

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    Re: Yellow Anaconda vs Dwarf Retic?

    From everything I have read about Yellow Anacondas, they are much more aquatic and require larger swimming areas for proper care. Also tend to be more defensive that retics and much pickier eaters in general. I don't have one to compare though.


    I have a couple of retics and females seam to be the way to go for me. They seam much more mellow (feeding being the exception). I might be lucky though. I have heard stories even on here about some with big attitudes and seen lots of videos of people with grumpy retics. I do provide them a large swimming area though and they use it often. None of my retics are picky eaters. With retics it is a relationship that has to be tended to almost daily to maintain.

    My suggestion is to find someone with a few of each and spend time with them to see how they are in person.

    I would say both are for experienced keepers (I know, I know, hehehehehehehehe). I have learned a lot with mine.

    Truth is it depends on the animal also. Each one is unique and has their own traits when it comes to care and interaction.

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