By Terrell Zeigler
Puppy is a 2015 Acrochordus Javanicus, better known as the Elephant Trunk Snake or File Snake. Both are accurate description given the appearance of this animal and having the skin texture of a metal file. I can only assume that Puppy is a CB (CB = Captive Bred) from a farm in Indonesia. That are not impossible to come by in the hobby, but are somewhat rare to see in modern collections. I suspect the reasons for this are the amount of time and attention to detail you have to pay to the animal and it's environment, they should not be handled hardly ever, and their slow reproduction rates which would make them undesirable to breeders looking to make good returns on investment. We also don't fully understand what triggers reproduction, so that also plays a role.
All of that information aside, I still find them to be really fascinating creatures so I will be doing what I can to further evaluate and understand what makes these animals tick. As of right now, I have no plans to reproduce them until I can get a group of them established and thriving which will be many years down the line from now. After much reading and speaking with keepers who used to keeps them in the past, I am now on my third setup configuration for this one snake in about a month. The new setup is what was highly recommended and while I observe the animals behavior and acclimation, I will be constructing an even larger bio-active enclosure to accommodate growth. Below I will list everything I am currently using in my setup and what I plan to add going forward.
Everything being used in the current setup is relatively inexpensive and easy to setup. The most complicated task is doing the research for EVERY living thing you plan on adding to the system. Without doing your homework, you can throw your whole system out of whack. Our local aquatic store shutdown in my town so I picked almost all this stuff up at the local PetSmart. This system is very simple but will be the keystone in how I make adjustments moving forward.
These are most of the products purchased for this particular project. Like I said, there is nothing fancy here and this setup is to be used more so as a testing ground to see what works and doesn't work.
In conclusion, there is still much more work to be done and by this time next year I am hoping to have a full fledged ecosystem going that will aid in keeping Puppy happy and safe. I am constantly pestering people who have written articles or posted YouTube videos online for all the information they have. I will eventually add 2-3 more to the group, but puppy is our first man in space so to speak. Once I can get a better grip on the specific care requirements and set up, I will track down more to work with. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below.