the blue is spectacular! i gain more and more respect for GTPs every time i see them. i'm trying to find a few decent looking and semi-affordable ones here, but those are mutually exclusive things it seems. do you ever have any trouble or difficulty keeping him?
Looks definitely come with a price. Lucias, out of all of the gtps i've purchased over the years, was one of the cheapest at $750. The most expensive was my first one, she was $2500 as a baby due to bloodline.
Everything about GTPs is a pain in the ass. Its one of the reasons they're so expensive, captive bred ones anyway. Their eggs and babies are some of the LEAST hardy of any species I have experience with. Getting the babies to eat is usually a challenge, some breeders can lose whole batches of babies to starvation just because they won't eat. And I dunno if you've ever seen a neonate chondro, but think half the size of a baby cornsnake. And much more fragile. They can break their spine just from falling off the perch wrong.
dear god.. that explains their scarcity and price. how do they survive in the wild? i suppose it's like baby adders too, having to force feed them and you offset the fact that you won't be receiving a venomous bite with the fact that the retarded thing is one fall away from death the moment you turn your back... i suppose it's something to work towards, as a challenge.. now to find some affordable chondros to raise! muhahah!
I'd assume they have a fairly high mortality rate in the wild, which is why snakes in general usually have high clutch counts. GTPs can have anywhere from 12 to 60 eggs. I attended a couple arboreal boids symposium, one of which had an australian herpetologist do a super awesome talk about his time spent with the australian iron range GTPs. He found out alot of neat stuff no one else had known about, like neonate GTPs eating moths and beatles as part of their diet. Also the fact that the only 2 rodents common in their ranges are a mouse and a very small rat... Both of which would only make up a small part of the adult diet, and almost nothing in the juvie diet. So they're eating mostly frogs and tiny lizards as juvies. So all of this wraps up to explain why breeders have such a hard time getting them to take pinky mice or mammals in general as neonates.