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  • [Housing] Is it okay to house two baby boas together on a temporary basis?

    My friend Gillian Luszik has two very gorgeous pure Hog Island boas that were bred earlier this year. I will be picking up a female towards the end of April when they are born. I have already finished setting up a 40 gal breeder terrarium for the female but the parents are such beautiful examples of Hog Island boas that I don't want to miss out on scooping up a male from the same pairing. So is it okay to house the two baby boas in the same tank temporarily until I can get a second terrarium set up?

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    Re: Is it okay to house two baby boas together on a temporary basis?

    Not really. Can it be done? Sure. Is it best for the boas? No. No it is not.

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      Re: Is it okay to house two baby boas together on a temporary basis?

      Is a 40 Gallon Terrarium big enough for a "breeder female" ? It sounds small. IMO, if you are breeding Boas , then you really should give up the glass terrariums that open from the top, and invest in some front-opening plastic caging that will help with heat control , humidity control, comfort for the Boa, space saving (stackable), and easiness of cage cleaning/husbandry.
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      Can you house 2 Boa together - temporarily ? Some people will say yes , some will say no.

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        Re: Is it okay to house two baby boas together on a temporary basis?

        Originally posted by Morgans Boas View Post
        IMO, if you are breeding Boas , then you really should give up the glass terrariums that open from the top, and invest in some front-opening plastic caging that will help with heat control , humidity control, comfort for the Boa, space saving (stackable), and easiness of cage cleaning/husbandry.
        I agree with what Morgans Boas said. Also, you shouldn't house two snakes together for many reasons. They have been known to be cannibalistic and I don't think you want to spend the money to have two nice snakes to lose possibly one or both of them.
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          Re: Is it okay to house two baby boas together on a temporary basis?

          Well If you are picking up the female in April, you got time to set up a 2nd enclosure but my view is glass tanks are all just "temporary" enclosures to begin with,or used for quarantine. Now with that said, I do have a baby high white pied ball python and tomorrow when my EBV Redgroup/Tom Burke Lipstick Sunglow girl gets here, she will be in a 40 gallon breeder as well but I have them all set up for perfect temps and humidity but they aren't the most attractive looking setups. I'll be replacing them both with an AP T-8 for the ball and a T-10 for the sunglow but glass will work fine as a temp cage. And I wouldn't house 2 snakes together no matter how temp it is. That's just a bad idea.

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            Re: Is it okay to house two baby boas together on a temporary basis?

            Keep in mind that tubs work great too (and are a whole lot cheaper than a tank to setup)... Get a nice sturdy clear plastic tub with a lid that "clips" to the base... Setup a heat pad on a thermostat below one end, a heat lamp on a stand above the warm end as well (to raise temps)... I use a rheostat to adjust the temp of the lamp. And you have a descent enclosure. I also use binder clips or luggage straps to help hold tubs closed and put hides and water bowl in. You can drill air holes (do this slowly and monitor humidity.. add more if you need it less humid). I have used this setup, or similar, for BPs, boas, and a jaguar carpet with good success. If they are in a heated room, you don't even need the heat lamp over one side... Just the heating pad (UTH or flexwatt) attached to a thermostat.

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              Re: Is it okay to house two baby boas together on a temporary basis?

              Truly it doesn't take long for bad things to happen....even without possible cannibalism, germs/diseases get shared & that totally defeats the purpose of quarantine. I wouldn't keep them together either.

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