As a small boy I was interested in all kinds of small animals and nature in general. By my 15th birthday I already had aquariums and had become a member of the aquarium association „De discus“ in Leerdam. While in this club I came in contact with a terrarium lover who had a beautiful paludarium at home with tillandsia, orchids, lizards and little frogs. I was inspired and challanged by him, so I sold my aquariums and started with this facet of the hobby. After some years I had a beautiful paludarium in my bedroom with flowering orchids. My mother, however, had a different opinion on this matter and thought the orchids looked much better on the window-sill in the living room. „Then she could look at them the whole day“! For me this was the right time to start keeping Thamnophis sirtalis in the paludarium, in the hope that she would keep off of the orchids! This was indeed the case. This was a turning point for me, as a result of which I got more and more interested in mouse eating snakes.
In 1975, like so many snake lovers, I started with Elaphe guttata guttata, now Pantherophis guttatus guttatus. These are, and remain, beautiful animals which are now offered in all kinds of colours. During the intervening years I have increasingly expanded my collection by buying, selling, exchanging and breeding animals. With the turnover of offspring I always have bought other animals to achieve my current collection. In the beginning little was known concerning snakes and I had to discover/invent a lot and learn by trial and error. Fortunately nowadays there is a lot of information available in books, illustrated magazines, exhibitions, associations, Internet, etc. In short you do not have to make the mistakes made by me and other snake lovers in the early days. So, firstly do your homework, ensure correct housing and other associated husbandry techniques before you buy any animals. Reading is a substantial part of our hobby, and can be done very pleasantly on the couch with a drink and a bite!
Like so many other snake lovers I really wanted to keep Corallus caninus (emerald tree boa) and/or Corallus annulatus (annulated tree boa). The price of these animals and my lack of experience was, for me, an enormous worry. It was for this reason I started with Corallus hortulanus (amazon tree boa, then Corallus enydris). This meant I could gain experience with this beautiful but much cheaper corallus type. I had assumed the care was the same for all Corallus species. Little did I know!! With experience I have learned my assumption was only partially true and, in some ways, not true at all. Over the course of several years I became very keen on tree-living snakes, especially the Corallus group.
The required climatological circumstances can be simulated quite well with current equipment. Day and night temperature, air humidity and lighting can be regulated by means of time switches, humidifiers, heating elements, thermometers, hygrometers, etc. However, the care, behaviour and character of the different Corallus species is not identical and each, therefore, requires specific conditions. The aim of this web site is to supply information on the genus Corallus and, in this way, make a positive contribution to keeping and maintaining this snake. Of course, much information can be found on the Internet, and everyone has their own opinion and experiences. The information on this web site is based largely on 30 years personal experience and observations in the jungles of middle of and south America, particularly Costa Rica and Ecuador, together with breeding several types of these snakes.