Rosy Boa or Columbian Red-Tailed Boa: Choosing the Best Snake Pet

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Hi, Frank Indiviglio here. I’m a herpetologist, zoologist, and book author, recently retired from a career spent at several zoos, aquariums, and museums, including over20 [FONT=&quot][/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Boa Constrictors have been pet trade staples for decades. Of the 10 described subspecies, the Colombian or Red-Tailed Boa (Boa constrictor constrictor) is the best known, and is in fact one of the most popular snake pets. Commercially bred in huge numbers, the Colombian Boa is an excellent choice for some, but not all, snake enthusiasts.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]North America’s Rosy Boa (Lichanura trivirgata), on the other hand, has only come into its own recently as a pet, but interest in now skyrocketing. Those with limited space who are seeking a “big snake in a small package” need look no further than this inoffensive beauty.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In the following article I’ll compare the care needs of Colombian and Rosy Boas, so that you’ll be able to plan ahead and maximize your pet-keeping experience and your snake’s quality of life. Detailed care information is provided in the articles linked under “Further Reading”. As always, please also post any questions you may have, and let me know which species gets your vote. R[/FONT]ead the rest of this article here Rosy Boa or Colombian Red-Tailed Boa? Choosing the Best Snake Pet
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I've never been a snake person, but I find them fascinating! I've always thought the Red Tailed Boa was a beautiful snake. I just viewed pics on the Internet, and saw how each varies. Some have coloration and patterns that are breathtaking.

I didn't realize how large they get! If a mid sized specimen has certain markings, would it stay that way into (large) adulthood, or does the color and pattern always change as they grow and age?

Ps.. I could never have a snake, I feel so sorry for the rodents LOL!
 
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I've never been a snake person, but I find them fascinating! I've always thought the Red Tailed Boa was a beautiful snake. I just viewed pics on the Internet, and saw how each varies. Some have coloration and patterns that are breathtaking.

I didn't realize how large they get! If a mid sized specimen has certain markings, would it stay that way into (large) adulthood, or does the color and pattern always change as they grow and age?

Ps.. I could never have a snake, I feel so sorry for the rodents LOL!

Hi Thanks for your interest; there's some variation, but most retain their color, esp as there has been many years of selective breeding, best, frank
 

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