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Old 10-29-03, 01:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I would say BRB if they appeal to you. They are generally trouble-free as long as you don't let their temps get too high (they do best with a 75-85 gradient), and their humidity is kept high (80%). They do not do well in tanks however. Rubbermaids or custom enclosures are the only way to go with these snakes. Tanks cannot maintain proper humidity without cutting off the airflow (which creates a stagnant environment which spores thrive in). They have an awesome appettite and are super easy to calm down. There is no reason your rainbow shouldn't mature in to a completely handleable adult if you aquire it as a neonate. In my experience, they acclimate to handling easier than most nippy babies. They don't require any maintenance to stay handleable either. They are voracious feeders as well. Babies will often start out on f/t, whereas many snakes start out on live. I don't even mist my rainbows, once a week I dump some water on the newspaper to keep it wet and the humidity stays perfect.

If you want something on the smaller end, I'd say go for a rosy boa! They come in a variety of different colour and pattern variations from orange and blue zig zags, to red and white stripe, to black and white and everything in between Super easy to care for and extremely tolerant of handling. They are stocky, slowmoving desert boas that usually finish up 2-3 feet in length. Keep them dry and offer water once every 1-3 weeks. They are generally one of the most docile snakes out there, biting only if they mistake you for food. There are a few exceptions, but they are also fairly easy to calm down.

Kenyan sand boas are also quite colourful and are similar in care to rosy boas. They finish up 1.5'-3' in length. If you are looking for a snake that you can see however, this won't be the one. They spend most of the time burried beneath the substrate. They are generall pretty good for handling as well.

Originally posted by Doch
They can be very finicky, and are very prone to skin infections due to the extremely high humidity.
?????? BRB are swamp snakes. They are practically impervious to scale rot and other skin infections that most other species of snakes would be susceptible to in such environments. They are one of the very few species you can keep in dripping wet environments with no worry of skin problems.

Originally posted by Invictus
I wouldn't recommend Hog Isle boas as a starter. I'm yet to meet a baby hoggie that isn't an absolute a$$hole. For adults, I've seen about 50/50 split.

Hogs are fine first snakes. Most baby BCI (hogs or other) are bitey little guys. I find hogs like to put on a show more than anything. Most adults have fine temperaments. These snakes just have a very intense feeding reflex. Not a problem, makes for great feeders and they are usually fine as soon as they realize you aren't food. The striking through the glass deal is pretty common, but isn't a defensive strike, they just have food on the brain.

Choice is yours, but if boids is your thing, and you want one that is almost guaranteed to be calm, I'd recommend the Central American BCI. Anything else is a bit of a risk, but once calm they tend to stay that way.
Hmmmm... now if I had to put a bitey label on any type of BCI, these would be the ones. :medbottom I've seen just as many bitey adults as bitey babies. I'd the if you are after the closest thing to guaranteed handleable, a BRB is the best bet, if you can put up with a lil initial biting
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