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    I was just curious if anyone has ever seen this video. There is something about it that I love. I have never seen a snake take all the head and neck rubs without this boa does without flinching a bit. Either he is cold, tired, in shed, or maybe he is really conditioned that well for people to touch his head.

    I just thought I would share because of how "calm" this boa is. Its kinda weird that there is no tongue flick through the whole video.

    THIS IS NOT MY VIDEO, nor is it my boa. All credit to the author on youtube.

    EDIT: Fast forward to 1:10, and you will see exactly what I mean.


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    Has anyone ever watched this??

    That is one laid back Boa!

    I've had mine lie on lap like that a few times as if resting or zoning out. I even wondered if she went to sleep while soaking up the warmth from my body. But I did not do any petting or head rubs at the time.

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      I do the same things with ALL my snakes (including the big BCI that now lives with malcularius). This is a gradual process and if you ever HAVE TO restrain your snake (like for a medical emergency etc) you will be glad that you

      have spent the time showing your snakes that there is nothing to stress about. Snakes don't typically like their heads touched (or for that matter, gently restrained) at first & usually flinch...but once they learn there's nothing

      to fear, it's all good. It's all about gradually showing your snakes that they are SAFE with you. (I go one step further & kiss them on the tops of their heads, so they also understand my face won't hurt them-) Nice video!

      (it is unusual that the boa in the video never flicks his tongue though....I think he is so mellow that he is now deep in meditation? LOL)

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        Re: Has anyone ever watched this??

        A couple of mine are as tame as that if not tamer I have a boa that will only feed next to me in is tub even if he as the rat in his mouth and I put him back he will leave it.

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          Yes - I also do this with my snakes. Except one..... haha

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            Very laid back and enjoying every minute of it
            sigpicJrock23

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              Re: Has anyone ever watched this??

              One of my ball pythons let me touch her head but for some reason I can't picture her laying there and taking long rubs. Especially in the neck area, I feel that may be more sensitive/annoying to rub.

              Originally posted by Noelle7206 View Post
              I think he is so mellow that he is now deep in meditation? LOL)
              Thats what I was thinking, at least I am pretty sure he is alive in this video so it must be meditation lol!

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                Re: Has anyone ever watched this??

                Originally posted by Elizabeth94 View Post
                One of my ball pythons let me touch her head but for some reason I can't picture her laying there and taking long rubs. Especially in the neck area, I feel that may be more sensitive/annoying to rub.
                ....Thats what I was thinking, at least I am pretty sure he is alive in this video so it must be meditation lol!
                There are some exceptions but most snakes that are patiently worked with improve over time in their tolerance of close handling. The head & neck area (like the tail area too) are "sensitive territory" on a snake: it's often
                what predators grab. The fact that they can & do overcome their instinctive "hysteria" when we handle them speaks to their ability to learn & retain, IMO. A snake that is truly relaxed about handling may even fall asleep on
                our lap...I suspect the snake in the video is either asleep or very close to it, lol. Snakes do learn to like a massage now & then....how we touch our snakes tells them a great deal!

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