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    My girlfriend went to pick up a rat for the baby red tail and the reptile shop had new boas in. One of them was a female albino/jungle mix. She is very beautiful and she had to have her. The guy at the shop said they were so close to the same age that they would get along well, and they did for a couple hours. I fed the baby red tail in a different cage and let him back in the other one later on. Now we are wondering if the female (who is bigger than he is though they are about the same age) will attack him because she smells the food from earlier??? We want them in different cages but that probably won't happen till this weekend. Would it be better to leave her in the small tupperware type container she came in?

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    nah i never had problems with that at all i fed one of mine today the other didn't eat cuz she is in shed but she is like twice the size of the one i fed today and no problems at all it will be fine. i wouldn't worry about that at all. that is me some people may think differently but quite personally i never had a problem with it.

    LEE

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    • #3
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      On two seperate occasions a while back, I had fed babies from my own litters and placed them in the same cage resulting in one clamping on another. I don't know how often this happens, but that was one too many times for me. From now on, everybody has their own drawer or cage. This is a good practice for many reasons, not to mention I would quarantine anything that comes into your home. better to be safe,than sorry!

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      • #4
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        So are you saying you bought a albino?
        I can't See just seeing a albino and buying it... lol
        I would have to live on the street the next month...
        hhehehe
        Well that is one heck of a snake...
        I would still not keep it in the same cage... I have two in the same cage and have had no problems...
        It is not recamended....
        Well good luck
        Eric aka....Red

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        • #5
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          Boa's are not social animals and do not need other boa's around. It may cause both of your boa's to stress out. I would get another cage as soon as possible. They are both new to the home and to the cage so there's no telling what could happen. And what Nate said about quarantine is very important. You don't want disease (if any) spread to either snake. A few people on this forum have their boa's house together and have not had any problems, but I wouldn't take that risk. Especially after spending that money on an albino.

          **Beth**

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          • #6
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            She is an albino/jungle mix. really pretty. She has the markings of the jungle, but she is lighter coloring than the jungle. I'll post picks by this weekend. Both snakes have a clean bill of health. The reptile shop I go to has a vet that comes by twice a week to look at all the reptiles and she was even probed. I only saw Lee's post last ngith so I put her in the cage and everything went well. I will be getting another cage by this weekend though and then there will be no concern on my part.

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            • #7
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              Yeah we definetly want to see picture's! Good to hear that the reptiles are seen by vet's. That's a relief............ Well good luck with both!

              **Beth**

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                Ill agree with that, Id love to see some pics

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                • #9
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                  Beth's right, boa's arn't really social animals so I'de get a seperate cage for them if you can. Not saying that you can't keep them in the same cage because my friend Frank has4 7' RTB's in the same enclosure and they are fine but they are a little agressive. That might be because of them being together or other circumstances but in my opinion, I'de get seperate caging. I'de also love to see pics of that snake. That sounds like it is a cool looking snake. Well, good luck to ya!! 8) ;D

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                  • #10
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                    They will have their own place by this weekend. My concern was just that the younger male had just fed and I didn't want her to attack him because he smelled like prey. They spent the evening together fine, under my supervision of course, and everything appears fine. I will have pics either tonight or tomorrow. I love the cat eyes from her jungle side though. That is just too cool.

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                    • #11
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                      Hello jlem,

                      I know alot of folks keep two boas in the same tank with no issues, or so it seems..

                      First consider you will be mixing two completly types of boas in the same tank. Never a good idea. Some types of snakes harbor paracites and/or things that are harmless to one type of snake, and deadly to the other type.. So that is one point against mixing..

                      And the main reason would be that with two snakes, you will have one that is dominate over the other snake. It may not be very visual, but the more dominate snake will take the best hides, take the best basking spot, control the best water dish, etc... The extra stress could lead to several problems for the less dominate, like weight loss, stop feeding, bad sheds, etc.. The full time stress is no good for the snake, and in my opinion should be avoided at all costs.

                      Good luck with your new snake..

                      And on a not so nice note, the guy at the pet store is an idiot, stop listing to him.. I know that sounds very harsh, but I listen to what the employees of pet shops say and it drives me nuts. Its just as easy to give the correct info as it is to give wrong info.. They should take a day and read up on the animals they are selling before giving advice..

                      Again great luck with your new baby..
                      Steve

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                      • #12
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                        I never have seen a albino/jungle mix. I dont see how that can even be possible in a pet store for shure


                        If you dont mind how much did you pay for that boa

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                        • #13
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                          To stay on the topic, there is risks involved. While is does not happen all the time, mishaps can and will happen. I have a friend that almost lost one do to the other one constricting it and actually trying to eat it. So be extra careful and if you are unsure, just give your boa a quick bath before putting him back in the cage. Steve also stated some good points.

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                          • #14
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                            Pics would be great! Pretty please... ;D

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                            • #15
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                              they aren't a pet shop like petco or petsmart, it is a reptile shop only. Here are some pics. The photos won't do her justice, especially her eyes. As for price, $130 was what we paid.

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