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    Hey everyone,

    Well, I have rescued yet another snake, this time it is a Rosy Boa. My question is this: What is the best substrate I should use for this little guy? The previous owner had it on Calci Sand, but I looked up a care sheet on the web and they suggest Aspen Mulch. They also say to stay away from indoor/outdoor carpet. I just want the best substrate for the guy. Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated, especially if anyone has one of these beauty's!!

    I rescued him because the last guy that owned it just dropped it off at a pet store that I frequent and they didn't want it. It apparently won't eat on it's own and was being force fed for the past 2 months. It looks to be in great shape, active, no scars/wounds, and it is only about 14 inches long. Not sure on the sex. I will get some pics of it up as soon as I can get my hands on a digi cam again.

    Thanks in advance.

    Jeff

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    Hey Jeff,

    Cool another snake..

    Rosy's are pretty fun snakes, they don't get big, but their skin is like silk. Every one I have dealt with I kept on either Cyprus mutch or reptile litter (wood chips). Never a problem.. I do know the last one I took in was a problem feeder for the pet shop, but once he was setup with a place to hide, he was fine, never refused food..

    Good luck with him.
    Steve

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    • #3
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      Thanks for the info Steve, I hope this guy will enjoy his new home and start to eat on his own!! :-\ We'll see how it goes.

      Jeff

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        They really are neat little boas. The first one I dealt with, I was told they are very nippy, never had one nip at me yet. And I really love that skin they have. it is like regular soft skin, can't even feel the scales.. The ones I have dealt with were mexican rosy boas..

        Great Luck with him.
        Steve

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          They are very pretty!!! I saw one the other day I thought about picking up, but decided against it. Congrats on the new addition. They are very pretty boas.

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            I have one it is the only mean snake I have.. Very uncommon in rosy;s.. Well you want to have a basic heat of 87-90 for a hot spot and a range of 75-82 for the cool side...
            They need a lil' smaller prey then a boa of equil size and mine likes to be fed often.. other wise he bites all the time... I feed pinkys two to three times a week and fuzzys every five days... My snake is eating fuzzys right now so I don't know about anything bigger...
            Give them some substrate that they can dig into.. I would not use cypress inless it is real dryed out... don't give these boas alot of humidity... 65% durning shed and 45% or lower the rest of the time... If you give this snake alot of hides it will use them.. It also reduces stress....
            The poop comes a lil' runnyer then other boas... and it comes just about as often...
            Well tell me if you need more info...
            Eric aka....red

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            • #7
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              Red,

              Hey man, appreciate your help and the information. I just found a site/forum specific to Rosy's. Some pretty good info, same as what you gave. I pick up the boa later today, so he will have a good home from now on and will hopefully start eating on his own after he adjusts.

              Jeff

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                Rosy boas .com I presume...
                Ya' that is where I got the info...
                Eric aka....Red

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                • #9
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                  Yeah that's it. The site if very helpful, but their forum is a skeleton in the grave. The last post was over 2 months old!! How are you supposed to get help that way? Post a question and hope someone answers before the end of the year? ;D We'll see how things go.

                  Jeff

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                    Ya' I don't go to the forum... The care sheets and stuff are nice.. I think I was the last person to post... hehe...
                    The guy that runs the forum will answer your post I think.... ???
                    Eric aka....Red

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                      I just went to the pet store and noticed they still had their Rosy boa.. They have had it for 6 months, and he really is a cool little bugger.. Healthy, skin is great, he just shed. The owner notied I took him out and was playing with him. Told me if I wanted him, he would sell him for 70 to me.. Got too much going on, so I passed. If any ones does want him for 70, let me know. Please don't think this guy needs to be rescued. He is in a 20 gallon tank and is well cared for. Its a Mexican Rpsy, light brown with choclate brown stripes.. Super nice little guy..

                      Steve

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                      • #12
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                        They are cool little snakes, the one I just rescued is a Mexican Rosy. It has dark brown stripes that are fairly wide, still working on the digi cam for pics to post.

                        Jeff

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