Jamaican boas

Ben02

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I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing Jamaican boas, these guys are listed as a vulnerable species unfortunately and all the pictures you are about to see are of wild caught individuals who were illegally taken years ago from their native home.

This species has really grown on me, they are notorious for their ability to musk:D. As I’ve got more confident handling them they no longer do this.

Please post some pics of some snake species you have worked with, I’d love to see them!

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Beautiful! I never was a boa person until I got a hatchling Mexican Rosy Boa 4 years ago. Now she is "daddy's little girl" and almost three ft long.
 

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Those are beautiful snakes :)
I wish I could show some pictures, but I'm at work and I don't even know where any are at home anyway. All the snakes we've kept were in the past, but there were some solomon island ground boas (feisty little things), a rosy boa and a ball python. The solomon island ground boas only ever got as big around as your little finger, but they were always very inquisitive, quick to bite, quick to hide. Very fun snakes, even though one ended up with the name "little nipper."
 

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Those are beautiful snakes :)
I wish I could show some pictures, but I'm at work and I don't even know where any are at home anyway. All the snakes we've kept were in the past, but there were some solomon island ground boas (feisty little things), a rosy boa and a ball python. The solomon island ground boas only ever got as big around as your little finger, but they were always very inquisitive, quick to bite, quick to hide. Very fun snakes, even though one ended up with the name "little nipper."
Solomon island ground boas have beautiful patterns. I love the attitude that boas have, especially babies:D.
 

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Years ago, I had a pair of Hatian tree boas. They were neat, but also liked to musk. I don't have any pictures from those days.

These are what I'm working with now. Unicolor cribos:
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Years ago, I had a pair of Hatian tree boas. They were neat, but also liked to musk. I don't have any pictures from those days.

These are what I'm working with now. Unicolor cribos:
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Gorgeous! I knew a family during my youth who bred indigos. They looked like living ink.
 

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Gorgeous! I knew a family during my youth who bred indigos. They looked like living ink.
Indigos are one of my all time favorites. I can't keep them because my reptile room gets too hot in summer, and even though they come from hot Florida, they can't handle temps over 85ish.
 

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Indigos are one of my all time favorites. I can't keep them because my reptile room gets too hot in summer, and even though they come from hot Florida, they can't handle temps over 85ish.
They were HUGE snakes (although size might be influenced by memory - I was a small kid when I knew them).
 

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Those are a lovely species of snake! Something about their eyes just cracks me up, idk what it is...

I unfortunately lost all my pictures of him, but where I worked in Texas we had a speckled kingsnake that I absolutely adored; he was big and fussy and had a little bit of an attitude, so he didn’t get handled as much as our other snakes, but he was my favorite. He never threatened to bite, he just kinda rushed the tank door when it opened and rattled his tail and musked. Made a great educational animal for older and braver groups who wanted to see something a little wilder! Great model for “even if it scares you it can’t hurt you and will do your environment a lot of good”.

The more I work with snakes I’m learning I either like the puppy dog pocket snakes like ball pythons or ones that get a little bigger and have a little bit of an attitude, like king snakes. The in between attitudes are wonderful, don’t get me wrong, but I just like those two personalities more. :) I haven’t worked with anything truly bratty or big, to be fair, but I do love me some king snakes!

My two personal babies...

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Hotaru, my firefly morph juvenile ball python

And
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Jack Scaleington, my juvenile Halloween morph Pueblan milk snake. :) (or at least that’s what he was sold to me as... not really convinced. He loses more red with every shed but I’ve never really seen orange on him, we’ll see what he looks like as an adult!)
 
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My snake raising career suffered from the "three strikes and you're out" rule. One juvenile corn snake escaped and wound up inside the kitchen cabinets - had to tear out the bottom to retrieve it. Another corn snake escaped and made it into the washing machine - poking his head up between the rotating basket and the frame, just when my wife opened the lid to do laundry. Lastly, a large corn snake escaped and took up residence in my wife's closet - inside one of her boots. That was strike number 3, and suddenly another of life's little pleasures was forever closed-off to me...
 

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