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    well i ventured into my local petco yesterday and held a baby bcc. well i decided it was time to get one. i am going thursday to get a 20 gal long. i have an extra uth and some extra astroturf. what else should i get for him. i know i need a water dish. i am going to do two hides. do these snakes need a uvb light or is a regular floresent ok. i curently have a frilled dragon and a 2 foot ball python. i know the bp and the bci are going to be completely different to take care of.
    Frilled Dragon- Frank
    Ball Python- Mitch

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    time to get one

    first off, congratulations!!! Boas are great

    i said "boas" becasue you wrote bcc at first, then at the end, wrote bci

    im gunna guess its a bci, since they get smaller, are cheaper, and you havent had too much experience with big snakes, by the way you said whatyou have, i culd be wrong

    but, bci's are normally what are in stores


    congratulations again, and post pics, and um.....


    they dont need uvb, and...well, heres a great care sheet (and forums at this site too, for rtb owners)

    http://www.redtailboas.com/general_c...eral_care.html (<<Care sheet)

    http://www.redtailboas.com/ (<<site, ask questions, not as friendly as here, but a lot more bci owners)

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    i know i said two different things but at pet co they had a bcc but i want to get a bci for size resons like you said. the girl i talked to there said that ared tails are the same and they get the same lenth. i tried to tell her the differece between the bcc and the bci but she wouldnt listen because she had one ond she knew what she was taking about. how big on average does a bcc get and a bci. it is probly on here some where so you can just give me a link. she also told me her bcc was going to get around 9 feet full grown.
    Frilled Dragon- Frank
    Ball Python- Mitch

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    bcc= female- 10- 12

    male - about 9 feet, but sometime bigger


    bci = female- around 9 feet, maybe more

    male - 6-8 feet, normally more around the 6 ft range


    http://www.mccarthyboas.com/FemaleSu...02_12_2003.jpg that picture is of a BCC, you can tell by the brighter tail, and the saddles (darker part on back) go like

    } { } { } { } { } (only way i can put it on a computer, but its basically liek that)


    Some of them may be smalle peaks and pointier, and others rounded


    and a bci looks like

    http://www.mccarthyboas.com/BigMamaTom11200204.JPG you can see the saddles are rounded like


    ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) (

    again, not the best, but only way to show it on a computer.


    their colors are a little darker than a bcc

    and in most pet stores, they normally sell bci's, and bcc's are normally more expensive

    you could look at the snake in the store you want and try to match it to what i said

    hope it helped

    bye

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    oh, and i forgot to mention


    a lot of times, petco isnt the best palce to buy a herp, as with any big commercial pet stores

    try to find a smaller reptile store, they normally take better care

    or you could try to find a breeder near you

    and of course you could go to redtailboas.com and buy one from Clay, they have guarentees and everything

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    she also told me her bcc was going to get around 9 feet full grown.
    Hehe, if she really does have a bcc then she's probably going to be in for a surprise! If it's a male then it just may stay that small with careful feeding schedules, but if it's a female than she's most likely off on her guess by a good few feet.........
    bci's definitely max out smaller than bcc's, with the males of both species usually ending up smaller than the female.
    I've noticed and have asked a lot of other people about this and you'll most likely find your bci doesn't hide much. They're pretty bold, not at all shy for the most part. So far my bci has been in his hide only once.....and even then only halfway. Don't feel that you need to crowd him with too many.......a warm and a cool will do. I almost gaurantee they'll stay pretty empty :wink:
    I also used to use astroturf, but have found the wonders of cypress mulch. This stuff is great, cheap, holds humidity really well, repells insects, and doesn't mold easily. Since switching I have ditched my humidifier and mist it maybe once a week. Of course it is summer and the bulbs are running at half throttle, but the difference from using the turf was instant and quite satisfying. Can't feed on it, tho.....
    Sorry to ramble, but that mulch sure is fine! 8)

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    thanks for all the info guys i really love this site becuase of all the info everyone gives
    Frilled Dragon- Frank
    Ball Python- Mitch

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