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ginevive
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# Posted: 13 Mar 2004 17:35


I just bought a small redtail boa last night. it is the cutest little thing. But I know he won't be little forever. Anyone out here keep boids?


-JEN- :)
spydergirl4594
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# Posted: 14 Mar 2004 02:03


i have 3 redtails in work. theyre great. my one baby is such a pig,he gets so excited when he sees you opening his lid he tends to strike. otherwise hes as sweet as pie good luck with the baby!


-Sheryl
Charlie
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# Posted: 14 Mar 2004 02:11


I have a juvie central american boa...

As for the striking when you open, try feeding in a seperate container and putting him back after a bit.


We can never go back to the way it was...
spydergirl4594
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# Posted: 14 Mar 2004 02:41


good idea,thanks.

oh,i forgot theyre all columbians


-Sheryl
Bufotoxin
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# Posted: 14 Mar 2004 07:35


i have a 7' male redtail (bci), hes one of the coolest reptiles i've owned, pretty mellow guy.


"The best defense is a great offense"
becki
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# Posted: 14 Mar 2004 23:02


We have a so called Columbian Red Tail boa but he is not a true red tail, is okay we still love him just the same. We thought at first that he was just a regular Columbian boa but hubby found some pics of a pretty unusual type of boa with pink/peach markings that looks just like ours, so I'm not sure exactly what he is. Need to post some pics and see if anyone here could help us figure it out. Anyhoo, he was a mere worm when we got him 2 yrs ago and he has grown a great deal since then and will prob end up being 7-8 feet long by the time he is full grown. We have just increased his feeding to 2 medium rats per feedings and he still scarfs both down and looks to the rat gods above to drop another down to him. LOL He's a great snake. Good luck with yours.
Becki

Whitney
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# Posted: 15 Mar 2004 23:22


I remember you telling me about him! Still no ID yet, huh? Let me ask you this, as you have exerience with larger snakes. My pythons are def. large enough to take small to mid sized rats (I've converted everyone over to prekilled, so that helps me avoid buying a cute little rat as food, only to keep it as a pet), but I still feed adult mice. Are there any pro's/cons to keeping up an all mouse diet, or should I make the switch? Would 3 small meals be easier to digest than one large one, or does it matter? Everyone has their own opinion, but no one can tell me why one is better than the other. Thanks in advance, sweetie!
Of course, anyone else can jump on in if they know as well!


<-- Say, can I have some of your purple berries? <--
Charlie
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# Posted: 16 Mar 2004 02:23


Everyone I know that has snakes will all tell you that its better to feed once. The largest that they can easily take down. That and the way I think about it. I would rather eat a large meal once, than eat three smaller meals in succession.


We can never go back to the way it was...
ginevive
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989 posts

# Posted: 21 Mar 2004 19:13


Whit; I have read on a few BP forums that rats are a lot higher in calcium than a comparative amount of mice. (I think that maybe their bone structure is thicker or something?) but entirely sure, but that was the main reason that people were suggesting to feed rats over mice. The people on the forums at ball-pythons.net are really helpful if you have bP questions!


-JEN- :)
Anonymous


# Posted: 9 Dec 2004 18:45


I have a red tail, and she is the best snake I've ever had. Her name is Precious, and has very exotic colors. She always sheds perfect, and has never had any problems eating. We don't feed rats, just numorous mice.
I have 14 pets but she's one of my favs.
utopia781
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# Posted: 10 Dec 2004 16:36


at my store, we have two full grown boas, and over the past winter, they had 13 babies. we now have seven left (the rest were sold) and i am the primary care taker for them. i must say, they are my favorites at the store!! personally, i own a ball python, but i have been eyeing the boas for quite some time!

it is better to feed one large meal than three small ones. this is especially true for young rat snakes or any snake that is prone to digestion problems. if they are digesting several meals at once, it is much more likely that they will have a digestion problem, and either puke up one of the meals, or it will become backed up, and they can get very sick.

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