By the captive husbandry of Corallus h. hortulanus I take their natural habitat in account:
Corallus h. hortulanus has a large distribution area; a large part of Southern America including the basin of the Amazon river. Their are climatological differences in such a large distribution area. Compare for example, the latitude of the nothern part of the distribution area with the southern part. The effects of the ocean on the climate is larger on the coast then in the inland.
Corallus h. hortulanus lives from sea-level up to 1500 metres.
The height has also consequences for the day - and nighttime temperature.
I keep the daytime temparature at 25 - 30 degrees Celcius. At night the temperatuur drops to 25 degrees in summer and to 18 degrees in winter.
Henderson describes in his book (see Misc. - Books) that he found Corallus h. hortulanus in bushes and trees on a height of less than a metre up to 20 metres. Most animals where found on a heigth between one and five metres. He found them in uncultivated woods, but also in cultivated tree gardens especially mango trees. Henderson gives a possible explanation for this preference: Mango trees have an open structure with large leaves giving the snakes the opportunity to hunt for bats and birds on the outside of the trees under enough cover of the large leaves. The mangos attracts birds and insects (and insects attracts birds and bats).
I did incorparate these findings in the housing: all snakes have high places for shelter with lot of leaves. I never approach them from above but allways from the front.
The diagram shows the annual rainfall in the Amazon basin. August, September and October are significant dryer then the other months. I spray my animals frequently. Due to the plants the humidity stayes high for a longer period of time.
I keep my offspring Corallus moist over the first year.
Because of a high humidity sheddings are problemfree.