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Snakes in the pants: Man arrested after trying to board flight with reptiles in his trousers
By Thomas Durante
(Article taken from Mailonline.com)

It could have been a case of snakes on a plane, if only he made it through the TSA’s body scanner. A Florida man was arrested at the Miami Airport last week after he tried to smuggle 10 reptiles on a flight by stuffing the animals in his pants. The seven snakes and three tortoises were wound in women’s pantyhose and found in the man’s trousers as he waited to board a flight to Brazil.
U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife officers arrested the man, who was not named, and charged him with harbouring animals in an unnatural habitat, according to the TSA Blog. The TSA said it used imaging technology, which allows agents to find potential threats hidden from the naked eye, to find the animals.

Holiday Sale

Our “Holiday Sale” is filled with specials and deals that will beat anyone’s prices on all of our boas.  This sale will continue through the first of the year and all boas will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

Download PDF: Holiday Sale Price List

 

Albino to Albino Breeding

Is breeding albino to albino bad?  There is no simple answer to this question, in many cases breeding an albino to another albino results in some or all of the babies being deformed, one eye, kinks, still births, etc.

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The reason people say not to breed Albino to Albino has to do with the albino gene being a week gene and initially inbred to prove out the albino genetics.  The het albino gene was first successfully breed/born in 1990 by breeding a male albino to 6 female normals. In june of 1990 2 of the females produced the first ever heterozygous (het) albinos.  As a result of heavy feedings, the babies were nearly six feet long within one year.  Due to the size of the females a paring was made for the 1991 breeding season.  In June of 1992 the first captive born albino boas were produced. The litter consisted of 22 babies, three of which were albino.

Throughout the past 20 years the albino gene has been getting stronger by out breeding to new blood lines.  So thats why it is not recommended to breed an albino to an albino because there is a chance of having a deformed litter. Although there has recently been more and more stories of successfully breeding albino to albino boas.

Personally if it where up to me i would breed my albino to a het to ensure i had a health litter.

Inclusion Body Disease – IBD

Hello William,

I have many questions regarding these beautiful reptiles and the fatal disease called IBD. I have 2 red tail boas. I recently lost my male to IBD. I’ve had him for a little over a year. I thought he had a respiratory infection. Took him to the vet. I was instructed to soak him in an inch of water due to dehydration. Little to say my boa drowned. We took him back to the vet where an autopsy was conducted. He had pneumonia and inclusions in the samples that were taken. One of my questions is can the respiratory infection cause inclusions in the samples that were taken? I have a female boa and a carpet python. What can I do to check if they have the disease? I understand that your are not a vet. However you are a breeder therefore more experienced the myself and I would greatly appreciate any advice and feed back you may have. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Lisa”


I am greatly sorry for the loss of your snake. IBD is a terrible disease that effects and eventually kills boas and pythons. However some people speculate that other snakes may be able to host the virus.

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First off let me explain a little about Inclusion Body Disease. It is believed IBD is a viral disease, the pathogen appears to be a retrovirus (as it is the case with AIDS). It produces inclusion bodies that are found in the epithelial cells of the respiratory and digestive tracts, as well as in the liver, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, ovaries, testicles, marrow and nerve cells. This results in abnormal changes of the tissue in the retina, brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and organs.

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I do not believe that a respiratory infection could have caused the disease, it is however common for boas and pythons to get the disease from snake mites (Ophionyssus Natricis). Snake mites have often been found in collections in which IBD has occurred but it is not connected with all cases of infection.

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In order to diagnose the disease, organ tissue samples must be obtained for analysis. The first signs may include symptoms of regurgitation, head tremors, abnormal shedding, chronic regurgitation and lack of appetite or refusal to feed. The snake will lose weight and may develop clogged nostrils, inflammation of the mucous lining in the mouth and/or pneumonia. The disease can rapidly progress to produce nervous system disorders, such as disorientation, corkscrewing of the head and neck, holding the head in abnormal and unnatural positions, rolling onto its back or stargazing.

Unfortunately there is no known treatment for IBD.

I strongly urge a quarantine all new boas and pythons for at least 4-6 months, and to take precautions when visiting other collections, pet stores, expos or swaps.

Featured Boa 3 Snow Boa

Featured Boa 3

This Snow is the best of the best. He comes from an amazing genetic line that continues to surpass my expectations year after year. Take a close look at this Snow’s tail….

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*Featured boas are sold on a first come first serve basis and shipping and handling is not included. Please see our Terms page or email us with any questions.

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International Shipping Now Available

International Shipping is Free on any order of $6,500 and over.

All international shipping charges include freight charge, packaging charges, CITES paperwork, Customs Inspection charges, and any other fees required.

- Will only ship wit legal CITES paperwork
- It is your responsibility to know your country’s legal requirements for shipping CITES animals to you.

This process can be completed and organized within a few days. Please note scheduling involves multiple people outside of  Red Tail Boa Breeder and airlines; so delivery on an exact date that you request must be flexible.

- Our minimum order for International Shipments is $2,500 in US dollars.
- All shipments must be picked up and inspected at the Airport at the time and point of pick up. Any necessary claims must be made with the Airline at that time.

Free Shipping Quotes – please email us with your place of residence along with your boa list.

*If your country requires such, we charge $195 for a Health Certificate.

Albino het Snow Feeding

Update on Featured boa #2 SOLD”!!! 

Some photos of this girl eating and getting ready to be taken to a new home tomorrow. Thanks Eric!!!

 

Featured Boa 2 Albino het Snow Boa

Featured Boa 2

Here is an amazing boa for anyone who is serious about producing snows or just wants a killer pet. This is a female albino het anery (het snow) boa born this year with beautiful vibrant orange color and a nice pattern. She can be yours today.

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*Featured boas are sold on a first come first serve basis and shipping and handling is not included. Please see our Terms page or email us with any questions.

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Baby Snakes Are Here!

So remember very pregnant Bertha? She dropped 6-28-11 with a grand total of 23 babies. Got lots of great new snakes. Take a look.

More pictures to follow soon!

Sire: Moonglow X Dam: Orangasm Tripple Het

Introduction of Featured Boa

Exciting News!!

We are now offering a Featured Boa promotion.  This is a monthly/bi-monthly promotion that is a first come-first serve basis.  This is something you Do NOT want to miss.   We will be selling a pre-selected high end boa at half price!   Great Value!

Please stay tuned to so you can see all of the exciting red tail boas we will be selling at wholesale prices!