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Discussion in 'Snakes' started by joe, Mar 9, 2008.


  1. joe

    joe PetForums Newbie

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    thinking of buying brazilian rainbow boa never owned snake b4 just wondering if ne 1 can giv me few pointers 4 gettin started
     
  2. georges mummy

    georges mummy PetForums Member

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    BRBs are a stunning snake. they reach about 7 or 8 feet and live about 20 years.
    They do need high humidity levels of about 80/90% as they are prone to dehydration, so consider a fibreglass viv that has height as they love to climb. use coco fibre as a substrate as this can be dampened to help with moisture levels. viv temps are normally around 80F with a basking area around 85F. night temps drop to about 73F ceramic bulbs are quite drying and heat mats are not suitable so think about what heating equipment you will use. they also need a bowl big enough to soak in.
    They can be quite nippy and some dont take to well to being handled.
    If you have never owned a snake before i would say have a good think about it before buying one as they are not an ideal first snake.
    Good luck.
     
  3. carol

    carol PetForums VIP

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    we have not had snakes long while boa is a lovely snake for a first snake go for a corn or king get used to them, and gain experience, that what we are doing.
     
  4. joe

    joe PetForums Newbie

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    cheers mate but iv got my heart set on 1 now. was just wondering wot sort of heater 2 use in a 3ft viv as you said you shouldnt use heat matt
     
  5. carol

    carol PetForums VIP

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    ive heard these ceramic bulbs are good and get quite hot too
     
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    tayah PetForums Newbie

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    I would let it settle in for a 2 weeks then spend some time whith it

    tayah
    x x x
     
  7. Searyan

    Searyan PetForums Member

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    Thats really not begginers snake at all, get yourself a corn snake instead! you could always have a rainbow once you`ve gained a bit of experience.When my 7ft rainbow decides shes not happy with you its really no joke so think carefully,then theres the specialist care,really not for begginers.
     
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    I have to agree with some of the comments made, they aren't a beginners snake & can be tempremental beautiful snakes though, if the humidity isn't right it causes problems with shedding, luckily ours was & still is a good feeder, but I've known of a few that aren't we gave ours to my nephew to make room for 2 larger tanks for our burmese pythons
     
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    Searyan PetForums Member

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    If you don`t maintain the humidity correctly you`ve got all sorts of problems,respiratory problems and shedding.The substrate needs watching and changing more often too as it can get mouldy causing more problems. Theres so many more suitable begginers snakes,you`ll be hooked ! snake keeping is so enjoyable!
     
  10. joe

    joe PetForums Newbie

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    thanks for every 1s thoughts on the matter. but i did get brb b in the end and have found him a very suitable first snake have had him since late march and has shed 3 times with no problems and just gone pale for his 4th. as for feeding had few problems to start but i blame that on the info was givin when i got him told to feed dead but wil only eat live.but i would like to say although 1 never owned a snake but have bin handeling them for years as old flat mate had 10ft albino burm, and my older bro has a af rock. thanks again joe
     
  11. kes the constrictor

    kes the constrictor PetForums Newbie

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    ive got a colombian rainbow boa, hes in a plastic tank was on newspaper substrate,now on repti carpet. the humidity takes care of itself in these tanks,, mine will eat anything, dead or alive, always sheds in one and is in brilliant condition. you dont have to be that anal about temps, humidity etc, as some say. i haveseen one that was dried out though and it wasnt nice. i have a heat mat on the wall so no chance of burns, when i can be bothered i,ll post a pic of my setup.
     
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