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Old 09-06-17, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New snake recommendations please!

After dealing with tiny noodles for a while, I want one thats a bit bigger. It needs to be less than 12 feet (state laws), and I don't want a retic or burm. I don't want a ball python either, already have one and just getting her to eat is a battle. As such I'd prefer a species that isn't known to be prone to eating issues. Also, I want a species that's fairly confident and docile. Looks really aren't an issue for me. Just wanted to see what y'all would get and what you maybe have for some feedback. Thank you!
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Old 09-06-17, 10:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: New snake recommendations please!

Small budget-woma python
Big budget-blackhead python
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Old 09-06-17, 11:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: New snake recommendations please!

Boa, Bull Snake, Coastal Carpet Python, Bredli Python, Olive Python. All big beautiful snakes but not too big.
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Old 09-07-17, 12:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: New snake recommendations please!

Olives may get bigger than 12' - not often but they have been recorded at 14'+

Sticking with Liasis sp. though - Liasis mackloti would be my suggestion.

Agree also that M bredli are lovely snakes
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Old 09-07-17, 12:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: New snake recommendations please!

Not willing to risk it with the olives. As for boas, is there certain ones that you'd suggest?
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Old 09-07-17, 01:14 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: New snake recommendations please!

I have 22 yearling Dominican red mountain boas available. They usually max out at 7-9' depending on sex, males are the smaller ones. Very docile dispositions, worst they do is musk, never strike or bite IME.
My largest female is currently around 7', and maybe half the girth of my 6' female jungle/IJ cross carpet python, a bit more bulky than my 6' female Everglades rat snake. Males are more slender, pretty close to the Everglades rat all around.
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Of course, BCI's are more commonly available and easy to get along with as well. I also have a good-size female Dumeril's boa that never misses a meal, but she tends to be moody.
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Old 09-07-17, 08:58 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I'll take one! PM going your way shortly...
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Old 09-07-17, 11:26 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I know this was posted in the boa forum but people are posting about pythons... sooooo. Russian Rat. I want one myself but no room. Small apartment.
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Re: New snake recommendations please!

Columbian boas
Rainbow boas
Bullsnakes
Pine snakes
Hogg Island boa
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Old 09-07-17, 12:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Chilabothrus angulifer (Cuban boa) and Chilabothrus subflavus (Jamaican boa) if you can find either are awesome too.

Angulifer do have the one of the worst musks known to man and are often keen to demonstrate its potency but they're incredible creatures.
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Old 09-07-17, 12:53 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Re: New snake recommendations please!

Only two left from your list, Aaron...a Columbian and Rainbow. Don't both of those require a bit more humidity than the other boas?


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Rainbow boas
Bullsnakes
Pine snakes
Hogg Island boa
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Old 09-07-17, 04:40 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I suggest you consider a Brazilian Rainbow Boa. Absolutely stunningly beautiful snakes, mild mannered (from my experience) great eaters, and max out at just a bit over six feet for a large one.
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Only two left from your list, Aaron...a Columbian and Rainbow. Don't both of those require a bit more humidity than the other boas?
Yes but I believe both to be managable amounts of increased humidity.
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Old 09-08-17, 08:47 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Re: New snake recommendations please!

Brazilian Rainbow Boas are on my ever growing list. I just don't feel like I've got the experience or setup necessary to keep one at the moment. I'm probably going to go with a BCC/BCI. Any suggestions for a subspecies or a similar species? Personally, I prefer darker colors and red but any suggestion is welcome.
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Old 09-09-17, 04:13 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Re: New snake recommendations please!

If you want red in your boa then a true Bcc is the way to go. Beautiful snakes but more delicate than a bci.

To be honest brb's aren't difficult at all. You just need to keep the humidity right. Other than than they're as easy as anything else really.
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