I absolutely love these snakes. They look like ancient Egyptian artwork to me—positively mythical looking. I can’t seem to find any captive-breds for sale, though… Are they notoriously difficult to breed in captivity? Or simply not super-popular? I haven’t tracked down an answer.
They are available, more usually as CH than CBB though.
The reason you are not as likely to find them is that the babies need to start on very tiny eggs, like finches, that are very hard to come by for pretty much everyone that works with them. It is possible to tube feed them, but that process also has a lot of potential pitfalls starting with the stress it puts on the the animal and ending with a minor screw up in handling can result in an injury that you do not see but leads to major kinking of the skeleton
Hmmm, I had heard about the finch eggs being tricky to find… Can they be shipped out? From a specialty store, or a livestock supplier?
They can, but finding a finch breeder that is willing to part with a regular supply of them and knows how to safely ship them is… difficult
You also might be able to find some local finch breeders on a facebook group. I think I’ve heard before that some species lay a ton of eggs, so you might be able to find a source that way.
Yeah… shipping eggs without breaking them does sound a little like a project from 3rd grade science class. I found a few places that have small amounts of infertile finch eggs for sale, specifically for egg-eaters… but the supply seems much lower than demand. If only the poor snakes realized that eating pre-cracked eggs would save them a lot of effort in regurgitating the shells. XD
Evolution has “taught” them that cracked eggs are likely compromised and unhealthy so they tend to avoid them
That does make a lot of sense. With them being so adept at identifying freshly-laid vs. half-developed eggs, it still surprises me that they can’t identify something being fresh and appealing vs. rotting and smelly…