Many new keepers who look into purchasing Super Dwarf or Dwarf Retics think if they see a high percentage locality animal that it will stay small.
Over the years, those of us involved in the retic community see how that’s not always the case.
When I first started to show interest in SD/D retics, I too thought I wanted a high percentage animal to keep it small. I had the misconception that a 50% female Super Dwarf would not have the potential to grow to giant lengths. I was completely wrong with my assumptions.
The main thing to look at when purchasing a Super Dwarf or Dwarf retic is the size of the mother, not the amount of percentage of any given locality.
This is my 37.5% Kalatoa Tiger het Pied female. She came from a very small mother, 75% Kalatoa Tiger and a Mainland Tiger Pied het Albino Male.
She just turned 6 months old yesterday and she weighs in at 49 grams. I feed her every 5-7 days one hopper mouse. I giver her 2 hoppers every other feeding. So she’s definitely not starved for food and eats very well.
So if any of you are looking into getting Super Dwarf or Dwarf retics in the future, ask about the parents size and proof of such. Because this alone shows that you can still have a small percentage female( she’s technically not considered a Super Dwarf by the industry standards) that will stay manageable as an adult. I expect her to maybe reach 8 feet, and that’s if I try very hard and offer her more food than I’d ever want to.
I hope this shows some of you that you can afford to keep Super Dwarf and Dwarf retics. I know many don’t want a large 16ft snake in their collection, and information like this can help the hobby to show it’s not all about the percentage.