Animal Stories - Colombian Boa Constrictor


Animal-World Information about: Colombian Boa Constrictor

   The Colombian Boa or Common Boa has an exotic appearance, and is considered by many to be the most beautiful of the constrictors.
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happy - 2008-12-12
My family owns a beautiful RTB, we call him McSnakerson. We love him dearly. He has to be the easiet pet to have. However, when it comes to feeding time he can be very agressive. We feed him in a separate feeding area other than his home. We do this to pevent the possibility of him striking. Funny thing though, one time I moved him into his feeding box and he knew it so I began to get ready to put the rat in. McSnakerson kept striking the cage and as I tried to walk to another side to drop in the rat he had his eye on me and just kept following me. Needless to say I had to get someone else in the room to distract him so I could drop in the rat. McSnakerson is the perfect eater though, always ready and quick to it. He is my first reptile pet and my love for snakes has grown cuz of it. We now own a Ball Python as well. He on the other hand, is another story, but loveable just the same.

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  • Ernest Williams - 2011-09-23
    You should always use tongs to feed your snake. You should never hand feed your snake, your scent will mix with the feeder rat. I wait until he is in cool hide. I have have half top open,so he can see just the rat. I shake the cage a little, to get his attention. Then I slowly lower the rat to about 2 inches above the hide. He usually take it within a couple minutes. You should should also clean your feeding box with a pet safe cleaner like Zoo Med Wipe Out 1 Disinfectant. That will get rid of the rats smell.
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Trevor - 2012-02-02
I've had my RTB (Ka'ne) for about a 1/2 year, never had any problems, and she has been the best. But due to financial problems, i haven't been able to feed her , her normal 2 mice a week, and had to wait a week and a half, i went to grab her and she bit me, i know it is my fault for not feeding her on time, but just want to know if once they bite you, and taste your blood, will they continue to bite you for no reason, or will i be able to play with her like normal after feeding?

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  • mike - 2012-02-21
    Trevor, he only bit you because he probably associated the sound of the cage opening with feeding time and when he saw the movement of your hand he thought is was food. Had he had a chance to smell you before you reached in he would have known food was not present, unless you smell like a mouse ;) and maybe would not have stuck at you. They don't bite for no reason, either food or protection, he won't bite you because he like the taste of your blood. Otherwise, that happens, when you play with fire you get burned, or in this case, when you play with snakes you get bit.
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Lex Bradley - 2012-02-17
I got my red tail black a while ago when she was a year old and so far she's been fairly good. Growing fast. I was thinking about getting rid of her sometime when she gets really big but then again I might not because I want to work with animals when I get a job and having her would help a lot.

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Carrie - 2012-02-06
I just got my first Red Tail Hog Island cross today.She is fat and very alert. We named her Josephine. I have 8 other snakes in the house. But, she is my first large snake. I am very excited to watch her grow. My other half is scared to death of my pets. Any tips of how to get him over it? I wish he shared my love for reptiles.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-02-16
    Yeah, I wish he shared your love for reptiles too. Some people just don't... strange huh:)
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Nathan - 2011-11-13
I have a RTB and as my second reptile she is amazing! My first rep was an iguana and while he was cool he unfortunately passed away from old age. Although scratch is my first RTB, and RTBS aren't recommended for first timers, I found with plenty of love, patience, and the all knowing interwebs it has been more than manageable. I knew I was on the right track when the second day I had her, I fed her and she ate immediately. That's not to say she didn't give me a kiss to get to know me lol. But one of the best things about snakes is that if they bite you its because you were doing something stupid. She's currently 7 and I can't wait for many more happy years with her.

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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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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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