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    New Boa in the house, what should I know?

    Discussion in 'Reptiles, Amphibians and Other Exotic Pets' started by Bderick67, Mar 26, 2012.

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      So my 22 year old son just showed up with a 30" red tail boa. He took from a friend that was unable to take with him to his new Apt. My son knows very little about snakes and I probably know even less. What's some pointers, or signs I should watch for. I would like to make sure the snake is being well cared for during it's stay with us, as yet to be detremened how long that will be.

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      Man, I'd like to help but I know pretty much Jack about snakes. Did it come with it's tank or is it in a box or something? I'd say a constant temperature in the mid to upper 70's is important right now.
       
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      Yeah is got a complete housing, 50g breeder tank, heat lamp, etc. I think his friend has covered the basics. I am getting a crash coarse myself researching what I can, but any help would be appreciated.
       
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      The main thing you need to worry about is proper heating. You need to get a heating pad (stay away from heat rocks) this should keep your boa warm at night when the lamps are off at night. Keep your heat lamps and heating pad to one side of the enclosure so if the boa gets too warm he can move to the cooler side of the tank and so forth, provide hiding spots on both sides and keep a water dish big enough for the boa to completley submerge on the cool side of the tank. Humidity is also an important factor, you want to keep it pretty humid which is why i avoid screen tops. Also make surr to use pre killed or stunned foods, live rodents can do some serious damage to your pet. Just speaking from my own experience!
       
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      Your correct about the temp but thats on the cool side and at night only. You want to provide a basking spot in the high 90s during the day, just make sure he dosent get burned. Ssnakess.com and kingsnake forums are also a great resource ;)

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      Just for clarity, make sure the heating pad is on the outside of the enclosure. Boas and pythons have been known to try and eat a nice heating pads or blankets left inside the their enclosures. If the animal survives the vet bill can be costly.
       
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      PM me your email address, and I'll send you a copy of "The Ultimate Boa Constrictor Care Manual" from the one boa forum (it's a PDF). It's pretty long, but it is really good read and is very thorough; pretty much any question that you might have is answered in there.
       
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      Thanks all, Ryan I'll be sending you a PM.
       
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      I wish you luck. Basically though if you can keep the heating and humidity under control most snakes are the easiest pets you could ever keep. Feed frozen/thawed rats or mice once a week or two, change the water, and that's it. Lol


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