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Interested in Rubber Boas, assistance greatly appreciated

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Posted by: jrbl at Tue Dec 21 00:49:13 2004  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by jrbl ]  
   

Hi,
I am interested in getting one or more rubber boas. I want to do so for a few reasons. I live in Southwestern Oregon and Rubber Boas are native to the area. I like keeping native animals. I currently keep one other native species(Elgaria coerulea), but I have kept other native in the past. I have been looking into getting a snake and I was leaning towards a sand boa, but now I think a rubber boa might be a better choice. I caught a new born rubber boa when I was a child, and I like that snake very much. I actually caught it while at school. I was in the 5th, possibly 6th grade. I don't know if I liked the snake for it docile demeanor, because it was small, or just for the fact it was a snake. They seem like really neat little creatures and I think they would be a joy to be around. I would like to get on or possibly two to start with. Does anyone know where I can get rubber boas? It doesn't really matter, but how much do they normally cost? Does anyone here keep them? Do they really hibernate most of the year, or are they more active if you keep them at optimal temps? Are they generally out and about, or do they spend most of their time under the substrate. I was planning of using a coconut fiber substrate. It holds humidity well, keeps it shape if burrows are constructed, and is fairly easy to clean. Also, I am going to get some for another animals enclosure, so it will be available. Is this an okay substrate or should I use something else like aspen? I read all of the information of rubberboas.com(among other websites). I know they are nocturnal and crepuscular, but I was wondering if any keepers noticed them active at all during the day? Sorry for all of the questions. Thanks for the help, Josh


   

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