Yeah, it's something to think about!

To buy Captive Bred or Farm Bred, that is often the question at hand. David C Haisten of Chondro Jungle details one of the many reasons why CB should always be the beginner to intermediate Keeper's first choice... If you didn't know, now you do!

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"Here is a sampling of what you can typically expect when you buy a green tree python that is not captive bred in your country of origin. Country of origin in this sense would apply to the EU (including UK), Australia, and USA. A tremendous amount of work goes into raising green tree pythons to maturity, maintaining them successfully so that they might breed for you, correctly incubating eggs, and successfully starting and rearing hatchlings on pathogen free prey items. 

Many vendors use the term "cb" for animals that were produced in indonesian farms. Some of these animals do originate as captive hatched progeny in said farms. Nevertheless, even if an animal is hatched in a farm, this does not mean that it was started on pathogen free prey items. In many instances, it is far easier to offer lizards to a neonate that is reluctant to feed. Some localities are notoriously difficult to start, such as Aru and Kofaiu, and typically are started on prey items that contain pathogens and/or parasites. Moreover, most green tree pythons are not captive hatched progeny from said farms, and are simply collected animals. Somehow when they reach the marketplace they become "ch" or "farmed". Do not be fooled. 

Regardless of authenticity of origin, each and every green tree python that is imported from Indonesia must be checked by a qualified veterinary specialist...because they come with extra pets inside your pet. Some might argue that such extra pets living inside of your pet is "natural", and indeed it is...as long as a green tree python remains in the wild. As soon as an animal is taken out of the wild, all bets are off, and direct and indirect life cycle parasites can and will overwhelm their host. For example, consider an obvious external parasite that is visible to the naked eye, the snake mite. We all know what happens if snake mites are allowed to remain on snakes in a cage (I hope we all realize this?). What cannot be seen, and lives inside of a host, can be much more insidious. This holds true for indirect life cycle parasites whose numbers might be theoretically self limiting. Ascarids are one such parasite, an indirect life cycle parasite, than can be particularly pathogenic in snakes. 

There are a number of reasons for the need to eradicate any and all parasites in a captive green tree python...perhaps if one is to do a review of the relevant literature...such reasons will become apparent to most? There are experts in their fields that espouse the reasons for doing so. Perhaps it is worthwhile to read what they have to say. So, for you bargain shoppers, don't worry, you are getting exactly what you pay for. In fact, you are getting far more bang for you buck. You are getting extra pets that live inside of your pet! (I do not consider green tree pythons "pets"). 

Without further ado...here is what I have seen in some animals from "the farm". Note: This sampling is not inclusive of blood borne parasites or parasites that intermittently pass ova, such as pentastomids, for which there is no known method of eradication. "Protozoa" are not pictured (e.g., Entamoeba invadens). Nor is this inclusive of viruses such as Sunshine virus, etc. And this is just what is "known". So, for you "do it yourselfers", or for those that are told an animal has been "treated", ask yourself this: is simply dumping horsepaste (i.e., fenbendazole) down an animals throat good enough to eliminate all of the endoparasites that are invariably present? NO!!!!!! The following antihelmenthics/antibiotics are required: fenbendazole, praziquantel, sulfadimethoxine, and metronidazole. Sulfadimethoxine is potentially nephrotoxic...(offer fluid support?). 


Ascarid species 1

 

 


Rhabdiformes embryonated ova


Unknown cestode (tapeworm) ova.


Rhabdiformes embryonated ova


Rhabdiformes


Ascarid species 2. (Polydelphis sp.?)


Capillaria (hepatic nemotades) ova


Hookworm ova


Putative Eimeria sp. (coccidia)


Ascarid infestation


Putative Eimeria (coccidia)



I am leaving just a little bit out here....and the sampling of parasite ova here is but from a single green tree python... 
If you do not want to deal with any of this and you do not want to spend any additional money to see a veterinarian to ensure your animal thrives (because you wanted to find the most reasonable green tree python you could find and you do not want to spend another dime on the animal)... there is a simple solution: buy actual captive bred green tree pythons produced in your country of origin and enjoy a "plug and play" animal."


Source: David C Haisten of Chondro Jungle

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