I beg to differ about creeping fig being important to make a viv look lived in and exotic . Try using peperomia glabella or serpens instead, they are nice creepers but don't have so many negative side effects also, Ficus sagittata and radicans are good alternatives.I'm also surprised to hear some of the replies of people commenting about the negatives. This vine is the single most important plant to make my viv look lived-in an exotic.
I came to this thread wondering the same thing, and am surprised to hear some of the replies of people who have it taking over their vivs.
I have two vivs with the oak leaf variety in it, and both have been in there for about 6 months.
In one viv, the plant sent four or five vines up the background, going up maybe 8 inches. It recently died back a little bit and I lost about half the length of the longest vines coming off the main plant.
In the other viv, the plant has stayed a nice healthy green color, but hasn't grown AT ALL. Seriously, it was 2'' tall when I got it, and still is just 2'' tall, no new leaf growth or vines shooting out.
After reading through this thread, can I assume the issue is humidity? These aren't dart cages with daily misting, but young arboreal/semi-arboreal snake rearing display vivs that get misted/watered 2x a week and heated with CHEs... so it's fair to say that I have lower humidity than most of your vivs I bet (even though it never seems to dip much below 60%).
How high of a humidity do these things need? Do they just need daily misting to thrive? I love the look of these things and wish it'd grow all over my background.
My emerald tree boas and amazon tree boas thrive in 80-100% humidity. When i first got an etb, i almost killed it beause the humidity was too low.Most snakes have skin problems with humidity that high, especially arboreal species, so you might find it tough to have them thrive together.