Buy a Healthy Red Tail Boa

Never bought a snake before? Or maybe you have but never felt it was as healthy as advertised?  Make sure the Boa is healthy and is being kept in good conditions before buying.

- ?Your snake should have clear firm skin, a rounded body shape, a clean vent, clear eyes, and will actively flick its tongue around when handled.

- When held, the snake should grip you gently but firmly when moving around. It should be alert to its surroundings. All young snakes are food for other, larger snakes, birds, lizards and mammalian predators so your hatchling may be a bit nervous at first but should settle down quickly.

- There is little difference in temperament between the two sexes. Captive-bred Boas of all subspecies tend to be more docile than their wild-caught counterparts.

- Make note of the last time they ate, shed and what they ate.

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  1. Diana says:

    My husband and I bought a baby Red Tail Boa, from Reptile Outlet in Stanton, Ca. When we got him home he would not eat the mouse and died 3 days later. After the boa died, you could see bruising up his tail area. Do you think this could of been caused by the snake being sexed ? The pet store sexed the snake before we bought it..
    I’m trying to figure out what happened, the pet store won’t refund our money, and is putting lame on us. We’re a experienced reptile family and have 3 Red Tail Boas..

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