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Old 10-03-2011, 07:47 AM
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I need advice urgently. Yesterday i put my male and female red-tails into their new tank. Its huge. 6 feet long and 4 feet deep and wide. These two have shared a different tank for around a month and nothing has occurred between them that appeared remotely aggressive. I thought it would be ideal for mating purposes. The female had just shed and was looking good. Within 5 minutes the female grabbed the male and they had a wrestling match in the water before seperating. I immediately removed the male and put him back in his old tank. The only injury i saw was a small scratch on the males head.

What could have caused this? Could it have been the new tank? I am concerned to put them back together.
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:05 AM
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Are you 100% sure they're male and female? Boas are rarely cannabalistic even with same sexes, but the occasional "fight" can break out among males. Could also be that she confused it with feeding time. Perhaps he had some rat blood on him? Or do you feed them in tanks separate from their own?
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:17 PM
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I honestly can not say 100% for sure that they are male and female. The "new" snake was the one I bought as female and the guy promised she had been properly sexed. Neither of them had been near rat blood and this was the first time any snake had been in this new tank.
Castro has never been sexed properly and i have just accepted he is a male as i could feel spurs.
They are fed apart and in a seperate feeding box.
They also shared a tank with no incidents for over a month up to me moving them into this new tank with a view to them mating and her staying there alone.
She is due a feed though. Maybe she was hungry after shedding and confussed the new tank with the feeding box.
Do i feed her and try again. They are similar size and age. (about 1.6 meters and 2 plus years old)
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:48 PM
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Boas shouldn't be bred until 3 years old at the earliest and that's only for large, robust females. Females should be at least five feet long, preferably longer. So she may not be ready for him just yet and that's why they aren't breeding, but it's very possible she was hungry and confused him with food and the new tank for her feed box.
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:45 AM
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Thanks i never knew that. I just watched her size as she is around 5 feet. Well that rules out breeding until late next year. Maybe abscence will make her heart grow fonder and more friendly next time.
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Old 10-04-2011, 06:10 PM
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Haha, maybe so. I don't think you'll have to wait until late next year ... Perhaps May or June would be good if she's already around five feet. I'd shoot for that. Just feed her up real nice and healthy, just don't overfeed her. Remember that any problem with her health will make her not have as many babies, if any at all.
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