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    A tale of two boas.

    Monty (BCI) has never hissed or struck at me, has eaten f/t twice, and is an absolute joy to handle.






    Ms. Xena on the other hand is going to require a bit more work and patience. She refused her 1st f/t meal and prefers to be left alone.



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    Re: A tale of two boas.

    Great pics
    So glad little motley is settling in so well , itís surprising how loud the hiss of a little boa can be, lol. my img did that for months when I got her, she took a lot of hard work bringing her round but was deffo worth every hour I put in with her
    She really is a great looking boa teeth and all


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    Look at the bright side, much easier dental check-ups on the little hisser.

    Gotta teach 'em early to floss! (with rat hair...)
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    Wow thatís an intimidating little face !!

    is she striking or just hissing and flashing the fangs ??

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    Re: A tale of two boas.

    Your Ms. Xena reminds me of the Sonoran het leopard boa I once had..That thing hissed and struck at everything that moved. I gave her the nickname of "Crazy Chain Saw Mary". I survived the nightmare and found her a nice home with another Sonoran. Happy ending after all....
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    I will have a BCO at some point. Xena is AMAZING
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    That's what my wife says



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    Re: A tale of two boas.

    Keep working with both of them.

    It should work out.

    Both are so beautiful!

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    They both look great.

    I love how the Argies start out feisty.

    They normally come around pretty fast.

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    Re: A tale of two boas.

    Quote Originally Posted by Phillydubs View Post
    Wow thatís an intimidating little face !!

    is she striking or just hissing and flashing the fangs ??
    She struck a couple of times inside her enclosure but not once after she was out. I put her back as soon as she calmed down. When she did strike it really wasn't even a bite. It was more of an open mouthed headbutt.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gio View Post
    They both look great.

    I love how the Argies start out feisty.

    They normally come around pretty fast.
    It's kinda funny I was actually hoping to get a snake with a little attitude. All of my critters are pretty docile so I was open to a more challenging experience. That's also a reason I prefer to buy younger snakes, so we can grow together and develop trust.
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    Re: A tale of two boas.

    Quote Originally Posted by EL-Ziggy View Post
    She struck a couple of times inside her enclosure but not once after she was out. I put her back as soon as she calmed down. When she did strike it really wasn't even a bite. It was more of an open mouthed headbutt.



    It's kinda funny I was actually hoping to get a snake with a little attitude. All of my critters are pretty docile so I was open to a more challenging experience. That's also a reason I prefer to buy younger snakes, so we can grow together and develop trust.
    Nice, got to love those open mouthed head butts! LOL. Me, I'd rather attitude from something that isn't going to be 8-10FT!

    From what I've read about BCO (I haven no personal experience) and seen with other Boas, she will probably chill out pretty fast with proper feeding and handling. She's such a little thing and knows it right now.

    No nearly as potentially harmful, but Solana was the same way.

    Solana is my scaleless sun glow motley corn snake. Got her at 2 months and 8G. She was a little feisty in her tank especially. Closed mouth strikes (not that it matters with a 8G corn) and tail rattling and fleeing like there was no tomorrow. She also ate when we weren't watching. The defensiveness lasted for a week into handling and one time during her first shed with us when her eyes clouded over. Now, 2 months later, she's 14g, has had another shed (with zero defensiveness), eats like a pig and wherever she wants, regardless of where we are; often in the open with us watching. She's actually become about the calmest corn snake I've ever met/had. She's getting calmer every day too. She's going to be a chill adult.

    Remember, Xena is young and you know what you are doing. As you say; build trust. I would say much more likely she chills out pretty quick than not.

    Good luck and keep us in the loop.

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