I just picked up a boyfriend for my Argentine boa at the Oregon show. Currently my female is about 6 feet long. I'm not sure of her age, maybe 2 or 3? I'll have to ask the friend who gave her to me, next time I see him. She's 3-4" in diameter in her thickest part, eats medium to large rats easily.
How big should my female be before I mate the pair of them? I know she's not full grown, the male is longer, a bit thicker and has a larger head. If I wait until next year's breeding season, can I try to cohabitate them later this year to see if they can live together? When would it be safe (they wouldn't breed)?
TIA
Jennifer
I just picked up a boyfriend for my Argentine boa at the Oregon show. Currently my female is about 6 ... later this year to see if they can live together? When would it be safe (they wouldn't breed)? TIA Jennifer

I'm not an expert on Argentines, but I would say 3 years old is old enough for breeding?
-cat
I just picked up a boyfriend for my Argentine boa at the Oregonshow. Currently my female is about 6 feet ... her to me, nexttime I see him. She's 3-4" in diameter in her thickest part, eats mediumto large rats easily.

She has to be older than 2... he's been single for over 2 years and the snake was originally his wife's. I'd guess at least 3. Emotion: smile

That new boyfriend sure is a beeeyootiful snake. Emotion: stick out tongue

fr0glet
She has to be older than 2... he's been single for over 2 years and the snake was originally his wife's. I'd guess at least 3. Emotion: smile

I'm leaning more towards three, I just can't remember for sure. And I have no real concept of how fast boas grow, so I can't guess based on her size.
That new boyfriend sure is a beeeyootiful snake. Emotion: stick out tongue

He sure is!!! I wish he was as light as Tina, she's got a touch of pink and prettier patterns, but he has such a sweet temperament. That young male for sale was almost a perfect match for Tina's color, but he sure had an attitude. :-)
Hey, if you hear of anyone with a big tank for sale (for cheap preferably, just shelled out $43K yesterday and the bank accounts are back to near-zilch) let me know. The poor male is crammed in a 40 for now, and he makes it look like a 10! I'm even thinking of getting a big iguana cage for them. They seem to like to climb. I was walking around the warehouse yesterday with the boy sitting on top of my head. :-P I think it'd be cool to have like a 4X6 cage with branches and multiple basking spots. They'd look soo pretty in a big setup!

Jennifer
Got one in Hermiston, OR that comes with a 7.5' South American boa, a bitey hissy female f/t eater!
(for cheap
preferably, just shelled out $43K yesterday and the bank accountsare back to near-zilch)

WOOHOO congrats on coughing up the buck!! Emotion: big smile
They'd look soo pretty in a big setup!

I've seen your cage-building skills... you should make it yourself!!

fr0glet
Got one in Hermiston, OR that comes with a 7.5' South American boa, a bitey hissy female f/t eater!

Um. No. :-P Unless I can BBQ the SA boa.
WOOHOO congrats on coughing up the buck!! Emotion: big smile

It was scary how easy it was to put so much money into a little scrap of paper and hand it over.
I've seen your cage-building skills... you should make it yourself!!

I would, if I had the time. :-/
Jennifer