posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 12:06 PM
reply to post by zazzafrazz
I still haven't got to take a pic...had a mad day, but will try to post it tonight.
Spike is a red tailed boa, and about 6 feet long. Thankfully he is a male, as the females grow considerably larger. He feeds on prekilled mice, about
once a week, although he's a picky eater, and has been through a hibernation spell of about 3 months when he didn't eat at all, and I was worried.
He's fine though. I'm assured it's normal!
As for personality, he's very laid back. Loves being handled and climbing round my neck and in my hair. I wouldn't say he shows affection really,
but he's very relaxed with me, and doesn't mind other people either. I also have two corn snakes, who are a different experience all together. Much
livelier, and the male is grumpier, although I would say that my female corn snake does approach something like affection. She's very keen to be
handled, and likes company.
They stay in vivariums...the corns in one and the boa in another, with heat, reflector lamps, large water dishes that they can get right into if they
want, bark or aspen flooring...like straw really...and logs and branches to climb on. I keep then really clean and move the vivs round inside to give
them different environments every week or so. sliding glass doors at the front, just ordinary glass, although I did consider locks once, on the day i
forgot to shut the corns viv door properly, and didn't discover it for about 8 hours, by which time they had escaped. We turned the house inside
out...we were in a terrible state...and finally found them after half an hour in the drawer under the vivs. In 8 hours, they had travelled all of 3
feet. That was the one and only occasion in my life that I needed Valium to get to sleep. I'm obsessive about the doors now....*grin!*