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Old 09-20-2011, 09:18 AM
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I have been offered a Dumerils Boa and need some background on them. The boa is a female of around 4 feet in length. I have read they are a good novice snake and relatively easy to keep but the source of information is dodge. Has anyone got a Dumeril and what are they like? If you have any special advice on care please share it with me. I have a few days before i have to commit.
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:30 PM
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I've heard mixed things about them. Some people say they're difficult and nippy, some say they're the most amazing snakes ever. I say go for it because I've always wanted a Dummy and I'm gonna live vicariously through you until I can get more snakes of my own lol. They're absolutely beautiful, that's for sure.
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:58 AM
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I have heard similar conflicting reports. I understand they are one of the most docile of the boas BUT are ambush hunters and when ready to feed will lung at anything regardless of smell etc. Because they prefer to lay in ambush under cover so that makes it difficult to be sure if they in feeding mode. its also because of this that they are a bit difficult to train to take pre-killed food.

Snuffles i will keep you posted on how she does and what she is like to keep.
Beautiful is an understatement!
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:28 AM
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I use to raise and breed Dumerils..... you can have them. The males are very tolerant Boas, calm and really nice to handle. The females are nasty, evil snakes! I have been bit by more female Dum's than any other of my snakes and I had over 200 at one time! THEY ARE VERY AGGRESSIVE and enclosure PROTECTIVE!!
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Old 09-23-2011, 03:08 PM
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Lol, my friend has a female Dummy and that's her favorite snake
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:37 PM
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Yes you can find a good one once in a while... If it was raised as a pet then there is a good chance that it might be friendly or at least tolerable....lol
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:27 AM
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Thanks Denny!!! I have just driven 320 km to fetch her. Guess I will just have to go back and beg for a refund. Ha Ha. No way. I will take my chances and work hard on making her a daddy's girl. I will keep you all posted on potential "war wounds".
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:29 AM
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I guess i was fortunate and got the "good" girl. She loves being handled and since getting her yesterday morning has shown no aggression at all. She curls up under my shirt and relaxes like she is on the beach.
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Would you recommend using pine shavings or torn up paper to create a burrowing area for her? I am weary of pine shavings as they always have some pine dust particles which are difficult to remove completely.
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:40 PM
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Never EVER use pine or cedar shavings. The aromatic oils found in them are toxic to snakes and can kill them. So paper it is!
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:14 AM
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Thank goodness i waited for your advice. I had purchased a large bag of pine shavings and thought they were perfect as they had no dust. Now my rats will get spoilt and my Dumeril will get shredded paper! Nothing has changed in her temperament and she still enjoys being handled. No visible aggression yet at all.
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