How do you like keeping arboreals as opposed to ground living snakes? Is it a lot harder?
I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily harder; it just has its own set of challenges. Arboreal snakes tend to have different issues come up regarding husbandry and enrichment–for example, when I rescued my Amazon tree boa, the guy who abandoned her said she would never perch and that’s why he didn’t want her (along with the horrible mite infestation she came with).
It turned out she just didn’t like the perches he was providing her and once I gave her something that allowed her more points of contact, she started perching during the day a lot more. Animals seldom do things for no reason and part of being a good keeper is trying to troubleshoot these problems from the animal’s perspective.
Arboreal snakes also tend to behave a little differently in regards to handling. In my experience they tend to be more alert and high strung (this doesn’t necessarily mean aggressive, it might just mean you need to pay more attention to where your fingers are moving around when you handle them to avoid startling them). Treating mites on arboreals can be a bigger ordeal since I’ve found that they’re more susceptible to getting stressed by the bathing process.
I practice what I call “husbandry handling” with my ATB because she’s a slightly nervous animal who prefers not to be handled often–however, I need to be able to do it with as little fuss and stress as possible in case she ever got sick or injured and needed hands-on medical treatment. This basically means I take her out on a regular basis and practice touching gently all over her body in the ways I might need to in order to provide medical assistance, but try to make it as stress-free and short as possible. She prefers to be a hands-off pet, and that’s fine! She’s still pretty chill for an ATB and I’m grateful she’s tolerant of husbandry handling.
Holly, on the other hand, is very laid back and doesn’t mind being handled. I’ve met CBB chondros that were much more nervous and didn’t like handling at all, so this seems to be a matter of individual temperament. She had an infected tooth last year from hitting the tongs and I was able to get in her mouth to treat it with relatively little fuss and stress for her.
This got a lot longer than I meant it to, so I guess the TL;DR version is that keeping arboreals is definitely different, but not necessarily harder if you have the experience and resources to do it properly. I’ve only kept chondros and Amazon tree boas though as far as arboreals go so that’s about all I can speak for.
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I think the fact that Emma stated her plan proves that it's going to fail. A&E are idiots but I hope they're not that dumb (revealing the whole plot of S5B in 5A finale). Like, H00K wanted to die a hero leave the man BE. Yes, the half-heart thing worked for Snowing and I think Emma mirroring them (I'll always find you shit line as well) proves once again how hard she wants to do good by her parents and to be accepted by them, she's losing herself.
I don’t even agree they are idiots, but yes, it would diminish the story if this plan worked. Also, they are showing how CS is the polar opposite of Snowing and they’re using visual language to do it. When Emma kisses Hook when they cast the curse, their heads are pointing in different directions, instead of the same direction as with Snow and Charming.
When Emma says “Hook, I will find you. I will always find you.” the music is threatening, it’s in a minor key, it’s not hopeful. She’s not calling him Killian. His name sounds symbolic here. More like a drug, like she will always be trapped, always be hooked and she can’t get away. If it were romantic, she would have said Killian.
I agree, she is losing herself just to assimilate her parents… Although even Snow didn’t look convinced this time…