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2017-10-04 02:32:20 PM  
3 votes:
They love hot places:

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2017-10-04 12:28:10 PM  
3 votes:
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 . . .
2017-10-05 01:38:06 AM  
2 votes:

DjangoStonereaver: They love hot places:

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2017-10-05 07:11:46 AM  
1 vote:

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2017-10-04 03:26:18 PM  
1 vote:
"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!

2017-10-04 03:10:20 PM  
1 vote:
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 02:40:32 PM  
1 vote:
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 02:26:41 PM  
1 vote:
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.
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