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RE: Why are rubber boas so hard to find?

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Posted by: markg at Thu May 5 14:53:57 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by markg ]  
   

There are a few breeders in states where they can breed and sell them. Search posts of folks displaying pictures of them. They can tell you where they got theirs, or perhaps provide you with one.

Although they are quite hardy, there are nuances to keeping them. They require attention to moisture (don't let them dehydrate!) and should avoid excessive temps moreso than rosyboas and sandboas for example. Rubber boas can refuse food much of the year, so when they are feeding it is important to feed them alot. And give them access to cool temps so they can conserve calories when they aren't feeding. This makes them not be the choice for a huge breeding program for the average keeper.

Their protection status weighs in heavily. They are not rare (can be very hard to find, but they are still common where they occur) here in California for example, but they cannot be sent out of state without permit, even if CB. So this huge resource will do nothing for you out of state.

Here is some So Cal rubber boa habitat. The boas here cannot be collected per state law.


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