Sand boas to me look weird. They look like fat large worms when they are adult size. The head looks a bit weird. They are nice snakes with all the colors and such, but I don't think they are for me lol.
My cousin "had" not has sorry. I don't remember what kind it was. It was the common ones I saw all the time in pet stores and such. Like the yellowish spots and a whitish beige color of the rest of it.
Looks exactly like this:
What my cousins boa looked like.
Hmmm, I'd say that a sand boa would be the best choice for a small snake. They do perfect in 15-20 gal. tanks and only get up to 2'-3' in length. So do some research on them! ;) I have one as well. :P I also have 2 corn snakes. Those also do well in 20 gal. tanks and can get up to 5'.
It's also best to just get the biggest tank possible, regardless of size - saves you money on buying another tank later. :D
A 5' boa in a 55 gal.? mmmm sounds small to me. What kind of boa is it?
Yeah I figured it would be best to always go with the biggest tank just like fish. Hey would prefer the space than risk having themselves cramped as I would.
When I asked if there was any breeders I could speak to, I was meaning just to speak with them. Is there a way I can get in touch with one of the breeders you are familiar with?
I like the stripes of the milk snakes and the corn snakes I think may be smaller?
A sand boa would be cute. ^-^
Always go for the biggest tank you can get, not the smallest.
Looking for a breeder, I'd join a reptile forum and ask around... I'm only familiar with Canadian breeders, sorry :(
I don't think there are huge differences between milk and corn snakes, both are often recommended as starter snakes for people. Corn snakes also come in a plethora of colours. :D
Thank you for that. That's pretty interesting. I didn't know that.
I've noticed dormancy in balls is most common before a shed or during the winter months.
An idea of their pickiness- my ball only eats white rats. I hear being picky over colour is pretty common with this species. Good thing most feeders are albino. xD
Ball python. I don't think I want one of those just yet. I want to start out really small and basic. They might not be so complicated, but they don't stay too small. I think my limit of size for right now would be 2-3 feet preferably 2, but 3 foot sounds like a nice sized snake to have. The markings on them are very unique and usually I see just a small difference on each of them.
So basically you mean they are stubborn when it comes to eating? I there a reason why they don't eat for so long?
I have a ball python. They are easy to find, available in a range of colour phases, docile and slow moving. I like the shape of their heads and their markings.
I bought mine as a hatchling about 11 years ago. He's about three and a half feet long. Balls can get up to 5 feet long (females) but that's smaller than most boas.
In all the years I've had and handled mine, he has never bitten. The name "Ball" python comes from the fact that they defend themselves by curling into a tight ball with the head in the middle.
I have mine in a 30 gal tank but you could probably get away with 20. They don't move around quickly or too much.
The only drawbacks are that they can be picky eaters, and they will take long breaks from eating (months). As hatchlings they eat fine, but older ones can go into long dormant periods. Balls eat rats and mice, size depends on snake body girth.
Okay, so to everyone, is there a rule of thumb wi placing snakes and the amount of gallons? Like with fish it's about 1-2 inches to every gallon. So how would it work with snakes?
Which would be the smallest snake to get besides a sand boa.