Helpful tips for setting up
your new Green Tree Python
or Emerald Tree Boa
How to set up my new addition?
You always want to mimic how they are kept as much as possible.
If you have an enclosure do not turn on the leds or lights until a few feeds in. After your new addition is settled and eating you can then ease into using leds or whatever lighting.
Here at Lottery Reptiles we keep our young GTPS and ETBS in tubs or PVC with only natural light from windows and room lights coming in from the front. We mist every evening to increase the chances of hydration. Back heat with heat tape at 84F. Plugged into a proportional thermostat (VE - herpstat) Paper towel or water bottom. Removable perches thinner than their body.
1- appropriate sized tub - walmart/lowes/homdepot/container store
(make vent holes and make sure the top does not have things they can rub against)
2- cover sides except for viewing to add privacy until 2-3 feedings after shipping
3- Proportional Thermostat - VE or herpstat
(on/off can be used temporarily)
4- Heat mat or heat tape
(pet/petsmart/THG or flexwatt)
5- Removable perches - bamboo or plastic hanger or acetal rod
(bamboo - lowes/home depot in the garden stakes section)
6- Perch holder - wire tie holders or dowel holders
(home depot/ lowes/walmart)
7- Substrate - paper towels/puppy pads
Tub conversions and custom perches can be found online:
How do I get my new addition to eat?
Make sure you follow the above help. Thaw out as normal and then right before offering dip it in very hot water right before offering. Offer from below as to mimic a prey.
Why is my new addition wrinkley or having bad sheds?
Many people think humidity is too important. HYDRATION is key in these animals. Fresh water often, a mist in the enclosure to increase drinking, and inject the rodent with water. If you are still having issues a good soak or rain chamber in low 80s water will help.
Other questions feel free to reach out!!