The Dragon Snake, also known as Xenodermus longiceps, or the Red-tailed Dragon Snake, is rather unique and small species of Colubrid genus famous for its interesting but distinctive appearance, particularly in their distinctive dorsal fin arrangement. With three rows of pointed scales, the Dragon Snake bears much of the qualities of a large dragon, from which the name derives. In order to better appreciate this creature, one must first know a bit about it and how to recognize its peculiarities. This snake usually lives in jungles in Thailand and Vietnam. It is a nocturnal animal, preying on monkeys and other small animals that are found in the evening hours.
Like all Colubrids, this snake has a very long retractable ventricle, its tongue protruding forward to serve as a tail. In addition to its short tail, however, it also possesses an extremely long neck, lined with glandular projections, which serve to secrete a special kind of fluid, used as a hydraulic regulator of the snake’s joints and muscles. The Dragon Snake’s neck serves not only as a valuable habitat for its young, but is also a highly valuable location for guarding the eggs that it bears. It extends itself fully within the mantle of the nest, erecting its neck and tail for protection. When a potential mate approaches, it stands upright, head held high, to face the intruder, and intimidates him into dropping the eggs that are within its clutch.
Because the dragon snake is so elusive and somewhat difficult to photograph accurately in the wild, most scientists and enthusiasts do not even have a full understanding of its behavior and diet, let alone the many potential dangers that are inherent in keeping a pet. It is true that there are a few potential dangers to be had from owning a Dragon Snake, including the risk of injury from its bites, and occasionally the need to remove live prey from its enclosure (its natural prey). However, despite these risks, there is still considerable amount of benefit that can accrue from owning this snake. There are several primary reasons why the Dragon Snake makes an excellent pet, including its remarkable ability to adapt and coexist with other species. Additionally, this beautiful and gentle snake is amazingly adept at mimicking the sounds and patterns of its environment and is capable of moving freely in its confined environment, where no outside animal is able to access it.
Despite the great care that is required of owners when they are planning to begin breeding, dragon snakes do well in captivity, provided that they are provided with a suitable habitat to inhabit. This is primarily due to the fact that the majority of their natural habitats are located within the confines of deep forests or dense jungles where the majority of their food comes from. For this reason, it is essential that you acquire a large enclosure that provides shelter from the sun, as well as adequate temperature regulation. A similar situation exists in relation to their water requirements; most will not drink fresh water as it is too cold, so the majority of dragon snakes will have to be supplied with a bowl of warm water that must be replenished on a regular basis. Ensure that you provide your pet with additional supplements to ensure that their immune systems remain strong.
Dragon snakes also enjoy a variety of entertainment items, with the most common being lizards and frogs. This can prove to be dangerous to the snake should you attempt to introduce live animals into its habitat, since they can easily become aggressive towards them. As such, it is important to purchase lizards and frogs specifically bred to thrive in the wild, and to undertake the associated expenses associated with their captive life. By breeding your own specimens, you will also be providing a healthy means of acquiring more desirable pet dragons.
Lizards and frogs will need regular baths and grooming, and owners who are considering breeding their own specimens will need to be prepared to spend time, money and energy in this process. This requirement is even more so for those looking to undertake this task due to dragon snake shedding. Shedding is extremely undesirable for these creatures and will cause major health issues. Although it is possible to breed your own snakes, there is a high risk of infestation of the vivarium with these non-native mammals. They will also shed excessively, requiring constant attention.
Breeding dragons requires an extensive amount of knowledge of local vegetation and their general diet in the wild. It is also essential to know how to deal with the husbandry of these and other species once they have been successfully transported to captivity. Dragon snake care involves a great deal of research and commitment by both the pet owner and the reptile breeder, and many long hours of feeding and cleaning. These animals can also suffer from disease due to poor husbandry management. It is essential to adhere strictly to recommended feeding schedules, and to always keep a close eye on their health to avoid outbreaks of disease.
A very common problem encountered with reptile breeders is the inability to breed their captive species. Because these snakes are such strong predators in the wild, they are capable of causing significant harm to their mates if released into the wild. Dragon snakes naturally have a much lower tolerance for stress than most other snakes, so when you breed them in captivity, it is important that you make them as comfortable as possible. A happy and healthy couple will generally have a long and healthy life together. It may take some time and dedication on your part, but your commitment will pay off with a happy and healthy captive snake.