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Old 11-04-07, 07:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can Red tail Boa and Ball Python live together in the some cage if they are the same sizes? Why do Red tail boas have to have rats and not mices?
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Re: Red tail Boa and Ball Python?

Balls plus Boas? No. Not advisable to house two boas together. If the enclosure is HUGE, I've heard it's possible, but with even a small chance of two dead snakes, is it worth it?

Boas eat mice when they're small. Balls eat rats when they're big enough. It's just a matter of appropriate size of prey to predator.
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Re: Red tail Boa and Ball Python?

Read the thread that's titled "Can They Live Together" and you'll find all the information you need.



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Old 11-04-07, 11:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Red tail Boa and Ball Python?

It is best to start boas off on rats because that is what they will eat most of their lives. We also start ball pythons off on rats since at some point mice will become to small for them and when all is said and done rats are better for a snake then mice.

As for the housing two of them together that would be a no. I actually have pics of a boa that ate a ball python larger then itself and then regurged it.
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Re: Red tail Boa and Ball Python?

Heres the link for you to go read why not Can They Live Together? Save me typing out a bucnh of stuff. This is what is being suggested above as reading. So the answer is NO. As far as a Boa eating mice its fine except when its 8 feet long & needs 20 of them at a time compared to a rat or 2 or a rabbit. Adult Boas require large meals & a few mice just won't cut it. It is far cheaper to feed one a rat or 2 or a rabbit than dozens of mice, not to mention much easier as well & probably healthier in the long run too. I say healthier because the fat content of 1 or 2 rats or 1 rabbit is likely far less than the amount in a couple mice. Mark
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heres a question can you house balls and bloods lol
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heres a question can you house balls and bloods lol
Only during breeding season if you are trying to make super balls.

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the fat content of 1 or 2 rats or 1 rabbit is likely far less than the amount in a couple mice.
Believe it or not mice and rats have about the same fat content. Here is a link to a file I posted on another forum that shows the nutrient value of prey items.

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[quote=ffollett;538080]Only during breeding season if you are trying to make super balls.



sarcasm but ok i forgot about the super duper balls those are nice orange and red
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Re: Red tail Boa and Ball Python?

LOL I got the sarcasm but I am sure there would be others out there going Well can you? Why didn't anyone answer. Maybe I can just get one big cage for my blood, ball, retic and burm to live in. No one said you couldn't do that.
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LOL I got the sarcasm but I am sure there would be others out there going Well can you? Why didn't anyone answer. Maybe I can just get one big cage for my blood, ball, retic and burm to live in. No one said you couldn't do that.
So that's what I've been doing wrong all these years!!!! I haven't been combining my entire collection together!!!
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Thank You All for the Help!
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So that's what I've been doing wrong all these years!!!! I haven't been combining my entire collection together!!!
lol ya when I get sand boas i should put them in with my balls then right lol
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So that's what I've been doing wrong all these years!!!! I haven't been combining my entire collection together!!!
I was thinking about just turning the snake room into one large cage that way I can really have a mix of species. Hell I will even throw the snapper and sulcata in there for good measure.
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I was thinking about just turning the snake room into one large cage that way I can really have a mix of species. Hell I will even throw the snapper and sulcata in there for good measure.
I'm sure your snapper would LOVE that! :P
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