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2017-10-04 12:28:10 PM  
I will channel Shel Silverstein on this one....

Oh, I'm being eaten
By a boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,
And I don't like it--one bit.
Well, what do you know?
It's nibblin' my toe.
Oh, gee,
It's up to my knee.
Oh my,
It's up to my thigh.
Oh, fiddle,
It's up to my middle.
Oh, heck,
It's up to my neck.
Oh, dread,
It's upmmmmmmmmmmffffffffff . . .
 
2017-10-04 12:40:51 PM  
Was this submitted by Elle Driver?
 
2017-10-04 02:19:43 PM  

kdawg7736: I will channel Shel Silverstein on this one....

Oh, I'm being eaten
By a boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,
And I don't like it--one bit.
Well, what do you know?
It's nibblin' my toe.
Oh, gee,
It's up to my knee.
Oh my,
It's up to my thigh.
Oh, fiddle,
It's up to my middle.
Oh, heck,
It's up to my neck.
Oh, dread,
It's upmmmmmmmmmmffffffffff . . .


I saw a thread with only two comments and thought I had a good shot at being the first with this.

Well played.
 
2017-10-04 02:21:51 PM  

Bondith: kdawg7736: I will channel Shel Silverstein on this one....

Oh, I'm being eaten
By a boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,
And I don't like it--one bit.
Well, what do you know?
It's nibblin' my toe.
Oh, gee,
It's up to my knee.
Oh my,
It's up to my thigh.
Oh, fiddle,
It's up to my middle.
Oh, heck,
It's up to my neck.
Oh, dread,
It's upmmmmmmmmmmffffffffff . . .

I saw a thread with only two comments and thought I had a good shot at being the first with this.

Well played.


Oh heck
 
2017-10-04 02:25:19 PM  

Bondith: kdawg7736: I will channel Shel Silverstein on this one....

Oh, I'm being eaten
By a boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,
And I don't like it--one bit.
Well, what do you know?
It's nibblin' my toe.
Oh, gee,
It's up to my knee.
Oh my,
It's up to my thigh.
Oh, fiddle,
It's up to my middle.
Oh, heck,
It's up to my neck.
Oh, dread,
It's upmmmmmmmmmmffffffffff . . .

I saw a thread with only two comments and thought I had a good shot at being the first with this.

Well played.


My first thought at well. Jolly good show, sir.
 
2017-10-04 02:26:41 PM  
Growing up my dad had a couple of red-tailed boas, rainbow boas, (brought back after a stint living and South America) and for a while a pair of reticulated pythons, as well as a variety of locally caught upper-great plains species like fox snakes, garter snakes, hognosed snakes, corn snakes, etc. (All non-venomous).

I would add a couple of points to the article.

1) scientists may not have proved boas' mode of killing until 2015, but my dad was aware of it, and I assume others familiar with snakes-- I vividly remember him warning me, when talking about snake safety, that if they constricted, you only had a few seconds to react, because they essentially stopped your heart by stopping major circulation.

2). Related to that, if you ever happen to have a constrictor try to do that to you, your only chance of survival is to rotate your neck and body in the same direction that the snake is coiling. This confuses them and they'll actually go limp momentarily.  If you struggle against the snake (which is the natural instinct) it will just squeeze harder.

3) feeding them dead prey consistently makes them much less agressive. We kept our food animals in the freezer and then thawed them to body temperature (boas are pit vipers) before feeding. And used a simple wooden tong to feed them. Even so, dad got nailed by one of the red-tailed boas when feeding her because her eyes were a little cloudy (prior to shedding her skin) and she went for his hand instead of the reheated rabbit.  She let go immediately when she realized it tasted wrong, but wrenched his shoulder pretty bad.
 
2017-10-04 02:32:20 PM  
They love hot places:

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2017-10-04 02:40:32 PM  
I'm not a fan of snakes as pets for me at least you can do whatever you want.  I do though tell people when snakes come up not to kill them if you come across them.  They eat a lot of bad rodents even if they do eat the chipmunks and squirrels too.

I do the same for spiders unless they're in my house then it's apocalypse spider time.

/unless they're venomous and an immediate threat.
 
2017-10-04 03:00:58 PM  
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Boaing.
 
2017-10-04 03:10:20 PM  
Redtails are the mellowest of the large boas. Some varieties are pretty evil-tempered.

I had a redtail and a Burmese python of roughly equal size.  One day, they got into a fight.  Pound for pound, the redtail was decidedly stronger than the python.

Also had that Kinksy poster, and now I want Jenn's.
 
2017-10-04 03:20:51 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Redtails are the mellowest of the large boas. Some varieties are pretty evil-tempered.

I had a redtail and a Burmese python of roughly equal size.  One day, they got into a fight.  Pound for pound, the redtail was decidedly stronger than the python.

Also had that Kinksy poster, and now I want Jenn's.


Got to hold an 8 foot Redtail when I interviewed a zookeeper for a grade school project. My biggest instruction was to not get near a tree as it was like a cat next to a cat post with it, almost magnetic. Seemed pretty chill to me otherwise.
 
2017-10-04 03:23:56 PM  
I know never to take a pyth in front of a python
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2017-10-04 03:25:46 PM  
I knew all those things.
 
2017-10-04 03:26:18 PM  
"evolved from four-legged ancestors"
Wrong way, BOA!
Now watch me walk, chew gum, and juggle at the same time with all those handy dandy limbs, suckers!

WINNING
 
2017-10-04 03:28:18 PM  
Anaconda - The Educational Version (Nicki Minaj Parody)
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2017-10-04 03:37:08 PM  
I wish that redtail boas weren't as huge.  They're gorgeous snakes but I don't have that kind of room.  If they maxed out at 4 feet long, that'd be perfect, but since they don't, I guess I'll stick to just my little Kenyan sand boa.  He's like a little hobbit snake.
 
2017-10-04 05:30:13 PM  

hobnail: 2). Related to that, if you ever happen to have a constrictor try to do that to you, your only chance of survival is to rotate your neck and body in the same direction that the snake is coiling.


You can get a constrictor to let go by tickling its asshole. Also it does take a pretty good sized constrictor to take out an adult human.
 
2017-10-04 05:49:51 PM  

Daddy's Big Pink Man-Squirrel: hobnail: 2). Related to that, if you ever happen to have a constrictor try to do that to you, your only chance of survival is to rotate your neck and body in the same direction that the snake is coiling.

You can get a constrictor to let go by tickling its asshole. Also it does take a pretty good sized constrictor to take out an adult human.


A 10 foot boa is plenty big enough.  Say you have them draped over your shoulders, like people often do, and the snake spooks because it feels like it's slipping off-- so it starts to constrict.  At that point it's not trying to kill you, it's just trying to hold on.  But if you start to struggle, instinct can kick in and the snake will constrict hard. It doesn't take long to lose consciousness if it's wrapped around your neck, which it will be, if it's across your shoulders.

Anyway, it's not something that's likely to happen, but it is definitely possible, and struggling will just drive the snake's instincts into full kill mode.  At that point you'd be lucky to find the snakes asshole even if you could get your arms free.  Which you won't because boas are wicked strong.
 
2017-10-04 05:51:41 PM  

Onyx Serpent: I wish that redtail boas weren't as huge.  They're gorgeous snakes but I don't have that kind of room.  If they maxed out at 4 feet long, that'd be perfect, but since they don't, I guess I'll stick to just my little Kenyan sand boa.  He's like a little hobbit snake.


They're beautiful, and they have smooth scales, not keeled, so they're really great to handle.  Rainbow boas (don't even know if you can import them anymore, tbh) are in that 3 to 4 foot range and docile.
 
2017-10-04 08:11:03 PM  

hobnail: Daddy's Big Pink Man-Squirrel: hobnail: 2). Related to that, if you ever happen to have a constrictor try to do that to you, your only chance of survival is to rotate your neck and body in the same direction that the snake is coiling.

You can get a constrictor to let go by tickling its asshole. Also it does take a pretty good sized constrictor to take out an adult human.

A 10 foot boa is plenty big enough.  Say you have them draped over your shoulders, like people often do, and the snake spooks because it feels like it's slipping off-- so it starts to constrict.  At that point it's not trying to kill you, it's just trying to hold on.  But if you start to struggle, instinct can kick in and the snake will constrict hard. It doesn't take long to lose consciousness if it's wrapped around your neck, which it will be, if it's across your shoulders.

Anyway, it's not something that's likely to happen, but it is definitely possible, and struggling will just drive the snake's instincts into full kill mode.  At that point you'd be lucky to find the snakes asshole even if you could get your arms free.  Which you won't because boas are wicked strong.


Ridiculous. I have a twelve foot rainbow boa and it's light as a feather.
 
2017-10-04 09:52:33 PM  
I have a 4' Ball Python. 3 y/o. I'm sure she'll grow a little more but I'd be fine if she topped out at 5'.
 
2017-10-05 12:21:02 AM  
20-50 live-birth snake babies. That's my takeaway from TFA.
 
2017-10-05 01:38:06 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: They love hot places:

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2017-10-05 07:11:46 AM  

Esc7: DjangoStonereaver: They love hot places:

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Classic pose.
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