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Steve Irwin tails venomous snakes. He even manages to escape being bitten by them. But, that doesn't make him any less of an idiot for doing it in the first place! Just my .02! -Z

They have shown him getting bit by hots on his show before, he was tailing a wild snake. He finished his presentation on the snake that bit him then flew to medical help. He feels comfortable tailing the snakes but he doesn't hide the fact that a bite will eventually come.

Chad
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For whatever it's worth, I kept a young Burmese and a Boa together for about a year once. They got ... room. He kept several large Burms and a couple of Boas together in it. Really a beautiful setup he had.

Last winter I kept Boa in the same viv of the green tree pythons. They got along fine, and sometimes hang out together on the same branch. One day after beeing handled Boa was put back in their viv. One of the gtps (Verdi) dived down through the leaves stright on Boa, bit him at the middle of his body and hung on. Boa was three times the size and diameter of the little gtp, but Verdi didn't seem to mind. They coiled all up one around the other, luckily we were present and separated them. This was Boas last day in the viv, he was put back immediately in his own one. And will stay there.

Anna
Wow Anna..I'm glad you were there to separate them! I guess it's never really the best idea to keep them together like I did, but I was lucky & didn't have any problems. On the other hand, I have seen two Boas put together, and had to be separated immediately! They both went crazy! Both hissing and biting at each other. I have no idea what their problem was..lol.
I also once saw the aftermath of a Ball Python swallowing it's smaller cagemate in a feeding accident. At a petshop, of course. I was looking at the snakes, and noticed a dead and very smelly Ball Python in a cage along with a live one. me off, so I confronted the owner. Told him one of his Balls had died several days ago and he should be paying at least enough attention to remove it. He said I only have one Ball. The other one escaped! He had fed them before going home for the day, and the larger one swallowed the mouse with a snake attached to the other end. Too big of a meal, so he regurged a day or so later..just before I walked up evidently.
What a smell! YUCK!
I still gave the owner a piece of my mind, and I don't have much left to give..lol.
Roger
Well, I'm having the two 7ft cages built anyway. As I mentionedbefore, it's always usefull to have an extra cage for feeding/hospital purposes, regardless of whether I decide to keep them together or not.

A 7 foot long cage really isn't even big enough for one burmese python, let alone a burm AND a red tail.
fr0glet
A 7 foot long cage really isn't even big enough for one burmese python, let alone a burm AND a red tail. fr0glet

Thank you for pointing that out. ;-)
~Wade
They have shown him getting bit by hots on his show before, he was tailing a wild snake. He finished ... help. He feels comfortable tailing the snakes but he doesn't hide the fact that a bite will eventually come. Chad

Oh. I guess if I watched the show I would know that!

I'm not sure which is worse, tailing them and not showing the bites, or showing the bites and making it seem as if it's an inevitability if you want to work with hots.
Either way, I suppose I'm glad I'm not watching. It would just raise my blood pressure.
-Z
They have shown him getting bit by hots on his ... hide the fact that a bite will eventually come. Chad

Oh. I guess if I watched the show I would know that! I'm not sure which is worse, tailing them ... work with hots. Either way, I suppose I'm glad I'm not watching. It would just raise my blood pressure. -Z

Not inevitable, but more of the idea of it being highly likely and to be prepared when it does happen. One of his shows was about one of his herp keepers who was tagged when feeding a hot. They went through how it happened, the medical steps taken by other staff members, etc. It ended up with that herp keeper being taken off of hots for a period of time as it was a stupid feeding error.
Chad
Does a King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) versus an Indian Cobra (Naja naja naja) count? Emotion: wink
Chloe<<<
No.
The premise was that the aggressions displayed would be caused by the stress of living together. Not fear of being eaten.

Mea culpa. I meant to say "combat of snakes from two different genuses, like Elaphe vs. Nerodia, not "species".
I once saw a Cali King have a go at a 7 foot adult Boa constrictor. 10/10 for ambition, but the boa didn't actually seem to notice.

King snakes of any species will react to the smell of most ANY snake, and think food. The "attack" on the boa sounds more like a feeding response.
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