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Old 09-07-2011, 10:29 AM
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I recently took an adult female red-tail boa (2+ years old) off a guys hands. When i took delivery of her he handled her by grabbing her behind the neck and putting her into a pillow case. I have never handled my snakes this way and was a bit irritated. When she got home i gently took her out and put her in her new tank. She never showed any aggression but appeared quite highly strung. Now whenever i go to change her water etc or pick up her temperature guage which she knocks off nightly she gets very interested and immediately comes to my hand and follows my every movement by rapidly moving her head. I have tested her a few times by not moving my arm and "offering" it to her seeing what she does. She comes up to it and appears to taste my skin with her tongue. No attempts to bite or hissing YET. I have let her settle and now want to take her out for further handling and wonder what to make of her great interest in my movements and arm. Neither of my other boas do this and normally do not budge until i physically lift them. I know no-one has a crystal ball but should i anticipate aggression?
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Old 09-07-2011, 04:16 PM
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I have NEVER grabbed Lucy like this, either. When I reach into her cage, I always try to get her towards the middle of her body and lift her with two hands. I am by no means an expert (Lucy is my first snake) but to me it sounds like she is just curious with her new home/master. She is getting used to your gentle behavior; remember, if he grabbed her in this manner, then she is probably expecting the same from you. You should post pics when you get a chance.
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Old 09-07-2011, 04:38 PM
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Me to!! i let my boa get up on me if he wents to!!
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:07 AM
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Sabina would always follow me around. ALWAYS. Whenever I was in the room, she expected to come out of her cage. She never bit me, but all snakes are different. A common dictum of the reptile world is, it is not a matter of IF you will get bitten; it is WHEN.
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:44 PM
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I must admit that the behaviour of this guy really shocked me and led me to believe he really was not a snake lover but a snake keeper for financial gain. This is the same character driving around with a load of indigenous venomous snakes boasting how good the market was.

Back to the boa concerned. Yesterday i had to change the light fitting in her tank and in my stupity had originally fitted it where i almost have to be head and shoulders in the tank to get to it. She was very interested while i got ready and followed my movements until i took the plunge and ignored a possible bite and changed the entire light which took around 25 minutes of in and out her tank. She just kept touching my hands and arms as if craving the contact. No bites or aggression at all.

I know a bite will come some time but believe it will not be out of pure aggression.
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:13 PM
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She sounds like she is enjoying her new home And it sounds like she is ready to be held for a bit longer.
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