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Posted by Nicodemus on February 24, 2003 at 12:22:00:
So I'm thinking I'll be buying a rosy boa in the near future. I've been looking at various care sheets, but they all seem to be variations on Kaplan's care sheet.
However, I seem to be having trouble finding any books on rosies. Any suggestions for titles or places to look?
I've read pretty much everywhere that ideally one should just get an undertank heat pad, and only use a heat lamp if one is having trouble keeping the heat up (during the winter usually). Well I'm planning on using a 20 gallon long. What's the best pad to use?
How messy do these snakes get? This will be my first snake. But I assume you can tend to just scoop out any messes as soon as you see them and do a complete bedding change every month or so?
Do they get excessively stinky? I'm also assuming as long as I keep up with the dailty cleaning, smell should be minimum.
Now I know you've all heard this question asked a million times (judging by past posts). Whats a good substrate in terms of ease of cleaning and good for the animal? I was thinking aspen shavings would be best. Any other suggestions?
I kinda want something nice looking (so I'd like to stay away from newspaper).
I understand that most bark chips tend to keep humidity too high for these guys and sand is bad because it can get in the nostrils.
Also, how does one decide what to feed? The snake I've been looking at is about a foot long. but I'm not sure how to guage age. Is this a juvenile (fuzzy mice)? Sub-adult (hopper mice)?