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Posted by SABIEN on May 07, 2003 at 21:03:36:
In Reply to: This is coming from a parent. :) posted by JohnLokken on May 07, 2003 at 20:26:52:
:If you are young/living at home and have 9 snakes already I think you should mellow a little. Most snakes will live at least 10 years. (Most a lot more) I honestly doubt you will be able to keep what you have for very long.
:You should consider yourself very fortunate. When I was a kid I was lucky to have a ribbon snake. Right now........You have one more snake than I do. I know how much work it is to keep 8 snakes. So, not to be rude........But, really........You are very lucky!
:If I were your parent........Depending on your age.......I would say get rid of some and then maybe.
:Here's the thing. Boas really are great animals to own. One of the best. At least you are not asking for a burm or retic. It will take a boa at least 3-4 years till it gets to be 7-8ft. Once it is that size.......It can do some damage. Mature boas are VERY powerful animals. And, should be considered dangerous by everyone. Kids and adults alike.
:I personally think if you want a boa you need to cut your collection in half. This is just me. But, large snakes need more attention and space. You have not described what you own.....But, I am thinking balls and corns. Those alone will be a handful when they are of mature size.
:I think you have too much at your age. This is not a knock at you or your age. You have more snakes than most keepers here. You really should take that in account. That, and at your age.....You are going thru major life changes. Things might happen to you that will not allow you to spend the time you need with your animals. (etc. school, sports, girlfriend, etc.)
:Best of luck.