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RE: New keeper - now I have some questions

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Posted by: antiquity at Sun Mar 24 07:39:53 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by antiquity ]  
   

Thanks for the input. I have several other snakes, and realize that there are differences in personality. For boas, some breeders and keepers recommend you handle immediately and often to get them acclimated to you. Others recommend "do not touch" for about 2 weeks to let the boa get used to its new home.

My philosophy has been to handle immediately, but for shorter sessions. Like 15 minutes per day, and as long as they are feeding/thriving to keep this up. The only exception was my GTPs as babies which were left alone until they were near one year old. I have only had one snake (a dwarf Corn Island boa) that was so feisty and defensive once out of its cage, and no amount of handling helped.

Because of the famed personality of the Easterns, I was curious of there was anything different I should expect. Neither have shown any sign of biting or striking (which I understand is the norm for nearly all Easterns). But I don't want to cause them unnecessary stress just after settling into a new place.


   

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