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Posted by Raven01 on May 13, 2003 at 08:31:43:
In Reply to: Thanks, yes, I tried almost all of these things.. posted by Sonya on May 12, 2003 at 21:35:42:
I wouldn't say you're a slow learner at all. They are fragile as neonates and that adds a whole new dimension to trying to get them going. Many people I've talked to have had trouble with neonates. My male, who has been a challenge to say the least, was probably a yearling or thereabouts when I got him and my female is older, at least two years of age. She was acclimated well as far as feeding in captivity, she just isn't friendly. And yes, once you find out what they want to eat, they eat like a champ. As I mentioned, the food of choice for my male is pinky mice bred from wild mice, no lab stock is acceptable. Figures. :) I agree that they are gaining in popularity. That's part of the reason I wanted at least one pair of wild caught animals, so I can have diverse bloodlines when/if I can get them to breed. Unfortunately, I had not planned on my first purchase (the male) to be wild caught. I'd wanted to learn about them first and then work with wc, but he's been worth the effort so I can't complain. I guess he was my 'baptism by fire' for Solomon Islands. lol And yes, those of us who are into the less readily available animals need to stick together and share the information and any tricks we can about these great little snakes. I can easily see where these will gain popularity as more are produced in captivity. With such a beautiful range of colors and their small size, they really are the perfect boa for many of us.