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Greg Nel 10-27-2011 08:03 AM

Boa fact confirmed
I can confirm that the Red-Tail Boa has 2 very distinct rows of teeth on the upper jaw and a single row on the lower. They also appear to have teeth all around the mouth including the front lip top and bottom and larger teeth at the bootom rear of the mouth. These astounding facts were established by personal experience. The ground-breaking discovery was made after not concentrating and noticing a very hungry and aggresive 6 foot female was lying right next to the water bowl i was changing. The grab was solid a feels like a large clamp being put on at 20 miles per hour. No cat scratch here.
Pictures to follow once National Geographic have finalised the documentary deal.

raptor667 10-27-2011 05:16 PM


WiccanWolf88 10-28-2011 06:44 AM

Lol Greg! Yeah, I know Lucy has little ones; she has gotten me a few times and the third time, I could still see the puncture marks a day later. And there were a few of them, top and bottom. Lol.:rolleyes:

Greg Nel 10-28-2011 07:17 AM

I really have been elevated to celebrity status. My office is adamant the headache i had yesterday was due to the poison! Can not get through to them. The fact that i "survived" is a sign i am blessed. A huge reptile supply chain store in Durban sent me an email asking if i would be prepared to get bitten while they film it as they want to use the footage to dispel the view that constrictor bites are dangerous. Apparently the bite mark is one of the clearest they have seen as every tooth is visible. I think my boa is the star of this movie. I said with pleasure for a new heating pad and humidity meter. What i wont do for my snakes!

lovesnuffles 10-28-2011 09:23 PM

Rofl!! Well hey, what good is a snake bite if you can't show it off?! Unfortunately, all the good snake bites I've had were either on my knuckles, or on the back of my arm where you could barely see them ... So of course, what did I do? Held my arm back and said "HEY! Look what my snake did to me!!! :D" to everyone! Lol

NASAAN101 10-29-2011 03:12 AM

I saw that with pastel boy two!!!!! :)

Greg Nel 10-30-2011 07:05 AM

I must be "lucky" all mine have been perfect shots. The celebrity one was absolutely perfect. Side of the back of my hand between little finger knuckle and wrist.

raptor667 10-30-2011 02:28 PM

Congrats on the new found fame.....or heating pad and humidity

Yep can also confirm the "third" or pterygoidal set of teeth ( the teeth used to walk the food back down the throat of a snake. ).

Milla is quite fond of biting me...not a problem at the moment as she cant draw blood but about 10 minutes later I get this little tooth pattern where I was bitten. She is getting better..... as I am getting bitten less and she is calming down nicely.

Greg Nel 10-31-2011 07:01 AM

Thanks for the fan mail. Being a celebrity can be a bit of a drag though with all the photo shoots etc. Its gets a bit tyring holding the tank while they take pictures of my snake. She really has let fame go to her head.

raptor667 10-31-2011 04:22 PM

Still waiting for the pix....

Greg Nel 11-01-2011 07:10 AM

My computer literacy belongs in the 60's. My daughter is downloading tonight. Iam just not sure how to transfer to this site.

DodoBird27 11-03-2011 05:52 AM

It's easy to do it through Just make an account and then I'm pretty sure they tell you how to upload. Under each uploaded picture there are a bunch of links. You can use the IMG thumbnail on or the Direct Link one. I'm pretty sure. But yeah, we totally want to see those :D

raptor667 11-03-2011 12:33 PM

yep Photobucket is the way to go, under the pic you have four options the bottom one is [IMG] copy the whole line of info " [IMG] ....[IMG] " into the normal reply box on here.

It's one of those fun's easy when you know how....till then it's a

DBG 11-05-2011 10:03 PM sparked my interest I'm having 2nd thoughts...

How painful are these "bites"? How long do they normally stay attacked? do they let go quickly?

I've been told that if you get bit, best to go to the ER at the hospital.

WiccanWolf88 11-05-2011 11:07 PM

DBG-Lucy has gotten me a few times, but her little fangs are so tiny that there was a little blood and a few marks, but they pretty much sealed up right away and the marks went away like a day later. I just cleaned them up with peroxide and I was fine.

Greg Nel 11-09-2011 06:57 AM

Going to the the ER is strongly recommended if you bitten by a rattler, cotton mouth or similar. If bitten by your BP they may giggle. The bite is not painfull but more like a slap on the hand. Depending on the size you may bleed a bit. Trust me my 2 meter red-tail caught me solidly and apart from a huge fright i only had a perfect set of pricks to show for it. Washing the area with a decent antibiotic soap/ointment is advised. Our pets do carry bacteria on their teeth. I promise you the shock is the thing you will remember. The bite is over so quickly you will probably not even see it happen.

Thom 11-17-2011 01:07 PM

Okay, okay, okay.... let me make sure I have this straight.
They want you to let your snake bite you while they film it? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
I have been told that seat belts save lives too but Im not going to put one on and drive into a brick wall to prove they do! lolol
You are right though... the things we will do for our snakes. smiling

Greg Nel 11-17-2011 05:56 PM

Yep Saturday is the big day. I am not big on driving into walls to test seatbelts either BUT .... I know its not severe and i am very keen to see the video as they can slow it down to something radical in frames per second. Their logic is her bite is a great size to shoot. Just hope we dont have to do a few takes! By the way for a new tank and stand they bringing a rattler for a nip. Only joking about the rattler. That would be a hit the wall without a seatbelt moment.

Thom 11-18-2011 01:28 AM

Ummmmmmmmmmmmm Greg? You are supposed to be showing people that you dont have to be crazy to love snakes! Not that you HAVE to be crazy to love snakes!!!! LOLOLOL
Just be real glad that its your snake that is biting you. By the sound of it the people that are doing this dont know a constrictor from a viper. lolol They would have probably brought in a diamond back thinking it was a strange pattern for boa. LOLOLOL

Greg Nel 11-18-2011 09:20 AM

I am having serious second thoughts! I was lucky last time. Now she is seeming to be unusually aggresive. The guys are doing a documentary as zoology students at our local university and working with the photography students. They swear its to show not all snakes are deadly.

Greg Nel 11-23-2011 09:46 AM

Well the whole show ended before it began. The University retracted their consent to use the photography equipment and we ended with a still shoot with a few dedicated students. I was relieved as saw some pictures of a bite on a guy i know which was inflicted by a smaller snake and required 8 stitches! These will open some eyes. I am having them scanned and will put them up for a reality check.

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