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Ernest Williams - 2011-09-23
I just bought a year old from Boas and Balls. I payed $215 for him, I named him Agent Orange. He is active and healthy looking,he eats well. I love his cream/orange body color,orange/brown saddles and red/orange tail. They still some of his brothers and sister for sale at $150-550. He 3 feet long is that small for 1?

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  • David Brough - 2011-09-24
    He will get bigger thats for sure. How big are the brothers and sister?
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Jose Casanova - 2008-08-09
Hey, I have a 6 1/2 ft true red tail boa constrictor. I have it in a 5 by 3 foot aquarium. I wanted a taruntula inside and just walks all inside the aquarium with the snake inside. Should I let the spider roam within the aquarium?

Jose

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  • Ernest Williams - 2011-09-23
    RTBs are loners,any other pet in its cage will stress it out. That can make it stop eating. The only time you should have another animal in the cage is to have it mate with another RTB.
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erica - 2010-05-21
I have a male redtail and he has the biggest attitude. I handle him every other day in not every 2 days because he is still a baby. I feed him 2 hoppers every week. He is 1 1/2 maybe 2 feet and he still likes to bite and I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

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  • Erik - 2010-05-28
    Handle it more every day for a hour or two if you can in relaxed calm setting at first keep it low stress and build from there and make sure he is well fed not too much but well fed.
  • Ernest Williams - 2011-09-23
    You should feed once a week not twice. You also should not handle it 2 to 3 days after feeding. You should also switch to rats they are better for fast growth than power feeding with mice.
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katie - 2010-06-26
My female rtb likes to constrict around my arm when I have her out of her tank why does she do this and is there any way I could stop her from doing this as I do not want her doing this to my niece when my niece wants to hold her.

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  • Ernest Williams - 2011-09-23
    Your boa will hold on to your arm until you sit down a for couple minutes. A boa sees being pick up as a possible threat at first,then it will hold on to you like a branch in a tree. It is a long fall and it could fall if it does not ripe on you hard.
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Krista - 2011-04-01
I have a 9 year old ball python named Lucifer (LU for short) and he is 4ft. long and in great health. I also have a 3 month old one named Bubbles he opens his mouth a lot and I was reading about respitory illness in this breed. Is there any way to tell if he has an illness? He loves to be held and played with as does Lu. Any suggestions would be wonderful!!!!

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  • David Brough - 2011-04-01
    The symptoms of respiratory illness are weight loss due to decreased appetite, swollen or bloated body, gaping, and breathing an with open mouth. Immediately increase the temperature of the cage, both day and night by adding an additional heat source. If you don't notice a change in a day or two, take your snake to the vet right away.
    Check out the Melissa Kaplan's website for more information.
  • derek - 2011-09-20
    Hey if you slowly push up on its under belly all the way to it head if white nasty stuff comes out take it to the vet also check for mouth or if you have any more qestions e-mail me i_starshine@hotmail.com and do you know any breeders intrested. I'm trying to breed my boy but I dont have a female.
    hit me up
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Rebecca - 2011-09-05
Hi, my sister is watching my baby and said that he isn't doing so well. Usually he will squirm when you first pick him up then settle down after a bit, but now she says he was literally lifeless when she picked him up. We have a branch, and a hiding rock, that he stays up in and he's about a foot and a half. We always have a food supplies for him. She says he looks fat on the belly but skinny on the back. I've had him for a little over a year and he's never done anything like this before. I don't want to lose my baby, what do i DO!!!

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    Anonymous - 2009-04-12
    Please do not feed these snakes goldfish! They contain an enzyme called thiaminase that blocks a snake's absorbtion of vitamin b1 (thiamine). Eventually after a long period of eating goldfish a snake WILL die of thiamine deficiency. It could take months, or even years, but goldfish in the diet WILL shorten the lifespan of a snake considerably. Catfish, smelt, rosy reds and carp also contain thiaminase and should not be fed. You can safely feed guppies, platies, mollies, or strips of salmon, tilapia, or trout from the grocery store with a calcium supplement added. You can also wean fish eating snakes onto a diet of rodents by scenting the dead mouse with the fish it likes to eat. Eating rodents is safe for them and will even reduce the amount of smelly runny poops! For more information, visit thamnophis . com

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    • christina stanley - 2011-08-28
      Thanks for the info. My neighbor caught a banded water snake and she had had a bunch of babies the next day. He gave me three of them. Good to know now what fish to feed them.
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    Wolf Oberts - 2011-02-22
    I have a male RTB that is approximately 3 years old, have had him since he was a little under 6 months old. He was eating every Monday but within the first 2 months of my family and I having him he was attacked by at least 2 of our 4 cats (I didn't know he was strong enough already to push out of the reptile tank we had for him and I worked nights at the time). It didn't change his attitude at all, he is still a very sweet and loving snake. What it did change was his feeding habit and over the years I have gotten more and more worried about him. He is very little for a 3 year old snake, his head is about as big as my thumb and he is only about 1.5 feet long. The reptile store owner is an expert on snakes and says there is nothing wrong with him and constantly checks him for me but is it natural for this breed of snake not to eat for almost 8 months? Is he really okay or is there something more I should be doing for him? Any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated and do please feel free to e mail me as well: Truecowgirl4life@hotmail.com but please put Carlisle in the subject line so I don't accidentally delete it!

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    • Samantha - 2011-05-09
      Your RTB should be a lot bigger and should be eating like every week to every 2 weeks. What kind of setup are you using? How big is your tank? He should be at least 4.5 to 6 feet long. You need to ask another pet store. Do you have a picture? If so post it you could have a short tail....
    • big al - 2011-05-29
      I also have a RTB and I can tell you that it is quite normal. I have my Bo for 17 years now and I have kept a record of his everything since I bought him when he was just born. I can tell you that mine did not eat for a little over 9 months at one point, needless to say I was bugging out (going crazy). I do suggest setting up some sort of vet habit, once a year, twice a year is good, just to make sure all is going well. Things to look out for that might lengthen his non eating period is, his tank temp., his tank moisture, must have fresh water and lots of it, large bowl preferred, his lighting on timers, must have a hiding place, reduce his stress levels with a quiet home and always make sure his home is always clean of debris, wood mites, and ticks. Give him space to move around reduces tank clutter. AND OF COURSE HANDLE HIM, PLAY WITH HIM AND ALWAYS INSPECT HIS SCALES.
      GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY HIM !!!! BIG AL
    • chris - 2011-08-20
      You may have the common or columbian boa,they are not the true red tail and they are much smaller than the true red tail boas getting only about 2 to 4 feet long.
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    Anonymous - 2011-05-16
    My snake had a good appetite up till spring and now is not interested in food. I know she is looking for a mate but how long will she go without food? Last year was only for about 6 weeks. Been 8 now. thanks

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-16
      People are concerned when some of their corn snakes go up to 2 1/2 months without eating during breeding season. Hang in there - seems to be normal. I imagine it gets a little scary though.
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    Cindy - 2011-08-18
    I love reading these articles because they're short but informative.

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