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billy - 2013-04-07
Hey there just wondering I am geting a 6 ft Colombian boa and would they kill a dog or a baby if she got out? Are they vicious? Do they act like a wild predator?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-04-07
    It is very possible.  They can easily suffercate a baby.  It is not that they are vicious, it is nature.
Anthony Harden - 2013-03-22
I have a Redtail Boa, its name is CHANGE. I had it for about three months and I am Loving him.This is my first BOA.....Thumbs Up to BOA`s 1LOVE

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john - 2012-03-30
Hey, cought another garter snake and I believe it is male. He is about 2 feet long and laughs at me so I will name him giggles. I saved him from a HUGE 7 FOOT LONG WATER MOCASIN (which attempted to kill me). I was wondering what should I do to keep him alive as he is much smaller (in being wide) and has a small head. Also I would like to breed them and was thinking that I could attempt to mimic their habitat by using different soils and maybe some plants along with a filtered pool(about 5 gallons or less) with live fish and plants and frogs. My mom asked me if it was a boy or a girl and I had to say it was a girl or she would get mad about baby snakes living in the house. All I want to do is replenish the wild numbers. I also need name suggestions for the one that really is a girl.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-30
    To start, becareful around water mocasins. Dangerous snake to tangle with. your snake should be fine as long as the large one is well fed. Take caution feeding them together, that is when on occasion accidents happen.
  • Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-04-05
    Water Moccasins don't eat other snakes they eat fish, small game, and things like that but never a snake from what I know. Are you sure the snake you saw trying to eat it wasn't a king snake which regulary prey upon other snakes?
  • john - 2012-04-08
    It was a moccasin cause I saw the inside of its mouth.
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donna - 2008-07-13
I have one that came into the pet store I work at. No one would handle him except me and it even bit a co-worker but once it settled down to the new place, it got very easy to handle although it had everyone leery of it. I finally brought it home and it's the sweetest snake I have ever had. My only problem is getting it to eat mice. It would rather have a bird but I'm finding it's very hard to find feeder birds for a snake. Any suggestions, I love this snake. Now if I could find out what sex it is and find birds for feeding...

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  • camille - 2010-06-12
    This is an old comment, but you could always buy a few feeder chicks to 'scent' your feeder mice with. The mouse will have the smell of bird on it, which may make it more appealing to the snake. People do this with Hognose snakes all the time, which eat toads and lizards as opposed to mice.
  • SSSimon - 2010-07-09
    Heat-up some raw chicken breast in warm water. Place it near the snake. If that doesn't work then dangle the chicken from a fishing rod and line (minus the hook of course) in front of it's face. Jiggle it if it won't bite. Just make sure the chicken breast is loosely fastened or thread through for easy line removal. This may take some practice. Good luck.
  • kosal - 2010-11-13
    First I would try uncle henrys a lot of free-er cheap unwanted animals to birds. I have 2 8-10 ft red tail boas and 2 ball pythons. They get really expensive to feed. So I had to find other ways. So I hope that can help a little bit.
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Jill Loughton - 2013-01-31
iam getting one next week and need more advice about correct setup please

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-01
    These snakes like to climb so have planty of branches for them to climb.  There is a variety of substrates that you can use for these snakes.  Make sure to all ways have water available. 

    They do well in 70° to 80° F with moderate humidity. Lighting requirements are minimal, they do not need full spectrum lighting though it is good for long term maintenance as it helps them feel good. You can use a substrate heating device for basic heating. For additional heat, you can add a full spectrum incandescent daytime bulb and a blacklight bulb or red incandescent bulb for nighttime heating. Be sure you use a thermometer so you don't let the terrarium become overheated!
  • Jill Loughton - 2013-02-03
    Thank you.
noel - 2012-03-19
Can you put more that one together if there not mating?? I wanted to get mine a friend but not sure if they can share the same aquar?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-20
    you can put like sized ones together. Keep an eye during feeding time.
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Ernest Williams - 2011-09-23
I just discovered after buying 100 mini-pinkies for $65,that my 3 foot baby rtb would not eat them. They are to small for him to consider as prey. I ordered them from Big Apple Pet Supply. I did not have $75 to order 25 rat pups from Big Apple Pet Supply. I looked for another supplier and found Layne They have more options in order size 10 a time for most of they mice and rats. They also 25,50,100,500,1000 order sizes. I bought 10 rat pups for $49.24,a big price difference. I like the 10 a time option. I can step up the rat size every 2 months,if I need to keep up with his growth. The rat pups are still a tad small for him,but with in minutes of me offering one to him,he ate it. I will order 10 weaned rats from Layne next time at $47.34. I would hate to waste the 99 mini-pinkies that are left I will sale them for $40 to any one in the west Atlanta area,you can reach me at

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  • chris - 2012-12-26
    I've owned and deal with all types of snakes. Your 3ft boa should be on small too medium size rats. He or She should be eating 2 smalls or 1 meduim once a week or every 2 weeks. Rats are better for them its makes the snake healthy. Then full grown it will be eating super & or mega jumbo rats or rabbits what ever you deside
LaTischa Franzmeier - 2011-07-19
I recently picked up a very young RTB from a local petstore. She was very weak and thin and wouldn't grip my fingers. She did a little bit of climbing around her terrarium, but she seemed to stare off into space a lot, and this morning, I found her dead with her mouth slightly on edge. The space on her cloaca was a light orangey red yesterday and appeared to be swollen, but didn't feel hard. She seemed coordinated enough, but just weak. There are no mites that I can see. Does this sound like IBD? I am freaking out because I am babysitting a friend's python, and I don't want her to catch it.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-08-01
    Wow, so sorry about loosing your boa. From what I understand, IBD is very hard to diagnose, and takes a liver biopsy to be sure - is what I've heard. It's also primarily transmited by mites. So as long as your area is clean, and you haven't seen any mites during the time you kept your snake.. I'd guess you're okay taking care of your friend's python
  • LaTischa Franzmeier - 2012-01-10
    No worries. It's been a few months and that definitely wasn't it. Just a bad pet store.
  • kc - 2012-03-13
    I have a red tailed boa and he's gasping for air. I don't know what to do
  • Jake the Snake - 2012-03-28
    Might be a respiratory infection, 2 of my ball pythons have had one, so has my friends red tail. What other symptoms does it have?
  • Anonymous - 2012-04-26
    I had a baby CRT die on me from a internal parasite and he was sold to us like that so the store gave us a 1 1/2 yr old CRT male for free. I would get the ball python away from where the other snake died because it can catch it clean everything up immediately. I'm sorry for your loss I know how it feels my snake died in my arms on the way to the vet also had a huge lump and mouth open but it was because his stomach exploded due to the parasite
  • Anonymous - 2012-04-26
    For the respiratory infection, you can either buy medicine or do what I had to do. Just crank the heat up a little bit than how it usually is and make sure it has extra extra humidity. If it keeps breathing out of its mouth get it to the vet ASAP
  • chris riccitelli - 2012-12-26
    Sorry to here about your boa it could of been an import. Also you said it was stare into space a lot, check out star gazing disease
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jesse cagle - 2012-10-07
What does it mean when your Ball Python has a white haze on his body ???

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-08
    Sounds like you are doing all the right things.  It is best not to handle the snake right after shedding.  It is much like someone touching you after a sunburn.  Give the snake a few days before handling.
  • Anonymous - 2012-10-08
    Thanks for all the help. If I need to know anything else I will be back thanks for ur time agin
  • jesse cagle - 2012-10-08
    Thanks. So when he is sheding I should not mess with him? Should I just wait tell he is done or what and how long does it take for him to shed?
  • jesse cagle - 2012-10-08
    So how often will my snake shed or does that depend on how often I feed him and all so how often do you think I need to feed him? I have been feeding him ever 4 to 5 days is that to much or just enough? This is the first time I owned a snake am doing good so far just want to know from some one that really knows about snakes
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-07
    Normally means he is ready to shed.
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Karl - 2008-01-23
That Yellow rat snakes do not eat other snakes... Maybe they do not PRIMARILY hunt other snakes, but cannabalism between ratsnakes is not unheard of.

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  • Josh Whitmoyer - 2012-10-30
    I think my blue leucsitic rat snake ate my albino rat snake or he escaped

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