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Old 06-17-12, 06:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Psycho Argentine Boa

I went to make another payment on GI Jane yesterday and was offered the chance to handle an Argentine Boa. Keep in mind this friend of mine has two of these, one larger very tame Argy and a younger, smaller, very tempermental psycho. She pulled her out of her tub and placed her in my arms. I must tell you, the excitement and adrenaline flow was unreal because at the same time of realizing this potential in her, I was also very calm and she was unusually calm as well. I was told that this snake would turn on you and start striking for no apparant reason, even after 20 minutes of handling. Well, it took about that long. Even though this snake was in the typical "S" Pattern most of the time. she was also curious. She would go up to the side of my face and flick her tongue on my cheek and slither around on my shoulders. Then when her time was "up", she opened her mouth up wide showing her teeth, followed by a hiss, I knew right then she wanted to go back in. I grabbed her just behind her head to prevent her from any sudden strikes and gave her back to my friend and she put her back in her tub. I never will forget the way that looked with her mouth wide open like that. It was an image of one of the creatures in the "Alien" movies, if you can imagine that.
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Old 06-17-12, 09:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It must be the season for aggressive Argentine Boas. I have a person who will be driving over 100 miles to surrender a Argentine Boa to me. He can no longer handle the snake and is scared of it. I love aggressive snakes and can't wait to get it.
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My Argentine was super aggressive. I miss him very much.
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mine wasnt he was actually pretty great but i did do alot of handling
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Mine was a rescue. I don't think he was handled frequently at all before we got him.
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Besides some of the arboreal boas, an argentine would be the only other one I would consider getting. They are hands down the prettiest boa IMO.
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SSSSnakes don't forget to post pics when you get it!
BB what happened to yours? Was it older?
exwizard, you should post some update pics on GI Jane!

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Yes, he was older. He passed away in the beginning of the year.
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... Then when her time was "up", she opened her mouth up wide showing her teeth, followed by a hiss, I knew right then she wanted to go back in. I grabbed her just behind her head to prevent her from any sudden strikes....
I'm not trying to be a jerk but that's really unfair for the snake. When you're mad or upset let's grab you by the back of the head to control you.

The snake didn't choose to be handled so I don't see why the restraint is necessary. Just don't do it if you don't want to be bit.

I'm posting this because I don't want this as a common practice. I also don't want common practice to be to allow a "psycho" snake close to anyone's face for whatever reason. That's just foolish.
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I'm not trying to be a jerk but that's really unfair for the snake. When you're mad or upset let's grab you by the back of the head to control you.

The snake didn't choose to be handled so I don't see why the restraint is necessary. Just don't do it if you don't want to be bit.

I'm posting this because I don't want this as a common practice. I also don't want common practice to be to allow a "psycho" snake close to anyone's face for whatever reason. That's just foolish.
I'm not surprised by your reply. I have no plans on ever handling this snake again so after the fact, your unsolicited advice is moot.
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Lol you guys are funny. I was handling a friends carpet python the other day. Adult so maybe 5 foot and about 4 pounds and she was crawling around my shoulders and my face and hissed straight into my ear! I was like hmm you need to be handled more often and put her back before she got even more pissed.
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Re: Psycho Argentine Boa

People need to learn the difference between Aggressive and Defensive behavior.
There are very few aggressive snakes in this world, and they tend to all be in the cape cobra and mamba family (they will actively chase you down if you annoy them)
I've never personally met an aggressive boa, colubrid or python, although i have met tons of defensive ones.
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I don't think grabbing it behind the head will help with that temperament...
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i had a my super docile hog island girl out yesterday and decided to feed her while she was out and hanging on some plastic shelfs . She got one smell of rat in the air and went crazy ! she coiled tight to the shelf bracket and reached out a good 2 and half feet , mouth open wanting rat right now! i will never do that again , she was reaching farther than my arms length and in super predator mode so i had to be extra careful. was cool to see though , totally different snake .
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Re: Psycho Argentine Boa

Since it was brought up, if I am ever in such a situation, I just usually put the snake gently back into its enclosure. As I've stated in another thread, I generally accept the real possibility of getting bit if I'm working with a potentially cantankerous animal. I have never felt the need to restrain the snake's head and get it more pissed, and make it distrust me even further.

The only exception would be if there were children around, and I didn't want anyone besides myself getting bit. That would be an extremely rare occurrence since I typically would not bring out any snake that I knew had a history for being "overly defensive" in the presence of kids.
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