at Wed Jun 21 22:19:30 2006 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by enkidu ]
There are many species of sand boas and several subspecies of rosy boas. Females(the larger of the sexes in erycine boas)of the larger rosy boa subspecies can top42 inches(107 centimeters. Rubber boas are one of the smallest of the species with large females reaching 31 inches and males half that at most.East african sand boas can easily top 30 inches,arabian sand boas may only reach 14 to 17 inches, the rough scaled sand boa reaches 30 inches. By far the largest sand boa is the smooth scaled sand boa at over four feet in length. As for the picky eating rubber boas can sometimes be picky eaters but it is usually not serious for short periods of time. In cooler areas hatchling rubber boas may not take their first meal for 18 months after they hatch due to hibernation. Many of these snakes can be picky if wild caught, so be sure to buy a captive bred snake(which most rubber and rosy boas are. Western hognoses can be a bit picky(not nearly as picky as their eastern cousins).If you do get a picky eater try feeding toads(especially with eastern hognoses) If handled regularly hognose snakes can become tame(usually not as tame as rubber and rosy boas), and many bites from hognose snakes are initiated as a feeding response. About heating boas rosy and sand boas need a basking light or undertank heater(not heat rock, these can burn the belly of your snake. Rubber and Cameroon burrowing boas need no supplementary heat except when gravid in the case of the rubber boa(Cameroon burrowing boas lay 2-5 large eggs). Cameroon burrowing boas and Rubber boas can handle higher humidity levels than other erycine boas.
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