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RE: Why are rubber boas so hard to find?

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Posted by: Zach_MexMilk at Fri May 6 10:57:29 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Zach_MexMilk ]  
   

Have you had any snakes before, or are you looking for a "beginner snake"? If the latter is the case, I would totally shy away from rubber boas (Charina)due to the difficult nature of feeding (at times/instances), temperature control (you live in TX, so pretty hot, right?), and a few other factors.
If you wanted something similar, VERY similar, that is somewhat easier to care for a forgiving, try a captive bred Calabar Burrowing Python. They are tiny, very docile, look just like a rubber boa, but are more colorful. They are pretty much the african cousin of the rubber boa. Some may argue that this may be best reserved for a more seasoned hobbyist, but if you don't want a rosy (which would be my first choice for you), then maybe try one of these?

Captive bred is the way to go in terms of these Calabars, especially if they are eating frozen/thawed mice. Nothing sucks more then a snake that "requires" live baby rats...so pricey and sometimes hard to get.

But, as said before, don't give up on Rosy boas. They can be quite personable and rather docile. Although anything with a mouth can bite, I have not heard many accounts of them being the nippy type. The rosy boa would be the first choice, in my opinion.


   

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