My corns were laying entwined with each other this morning ... a bit hard to describe, but imagine them folded in half so their tails are alongside their heads. I couldn't see either head, but thought it would be a pretty safe bet to pick them up mid-body where they were folded in half. I always take the female out first as she's extremely active and takes a while to settle before I can comfortably hold them both without them trying to disappear in opposite directions!
So, I reach in to pick her up and, as I do, up pops a little brown head from under the part I have hold of, obviously wondering what I'm up to ... it was the male! ... so I slowly withdraw my head incase he decides I'm food and strikes at me. Ok I thought, I'll try the other end and remove him first so I can get to her. Exactly the same thing happens again, only an orange head this time ... t'was her! LOL!
She was laid in exactly the same position as him and it was as if they were protecting each other. I guess they don't want to come out to play today
Anyway, I decided to play with my baby boa instead, which has just reminded me of something I wanted to ask ...
I noticed he looked very dull and milky as if he's getting ready to shed but it's not long since he last did ... in fact just checking my book, it was 29th Nov, so only a couple of weeks ago. Is it usual for him to shed so soon again? He had been about a month between sheds till now and is an Aug '03 baby.
Also, is it healthy for him to be constantly in damp conditions? I know they need high humidity, which I can just about maintain at around 70%, but the condensation makes his whole enclosure damp, even on newspaper substrate. His hides are filled with moist sphagnum and he always chooses to sleep in there, although he has one without. Before I added the moss he would shed in pieces, but the last one came off perfectly so I'm inclined to leave things as they are now. I just worry about him getting blisters or scale rot though.
BTW, for those not aware he is a Brazilian Rainbow Boa.

Cheers
Chloe
So, I reach in to pick her up and, as I do, up pops a little brown head from under ... can get to her. Exactly the same thing happens again, only an orange head this time ... t'was her! LOL!

giggleyou give up too easy Emotion: smile I have two corns housed together, they always watch my hand and perk their head up when I reach in their cage. My Okeetee is a *** to remove from any container, though she's never bitten me she sure looks like she wants to. I used to use a gardening glove with her, but no more. I just buck up and do it fast. I've actually set my mind to "OK go ahead and bite me, I don't mind" mode for when I handle her. Hehe!
book, it was 29th Nov, so only a couple of weeks ago. Is it usual for him to shed so soon again? He had been about a month between sheds till now and is an Aug '03 baby.

I don't think that's strange at all... although I only have one young snake here he sheds frequently (every 2-3 weeks). Of course I have the amazing milksnake who sheds every month even though he's 9 years old... but he's healing scarring still. His Baytril injection scars are almost invisible, now. Emotion: smile
Couldn't tell ya on the rest... it seems wet substrate would be problematic but I don't have any experience with that problem with BRBs.

fr0glet
Anyway, I decided to play with my baby boa instead, which has just reminded me of something I wanted to ... shed so soon again? He had been about a month between sheds till now and is an Aug '03 baby.

Snakes that are growing fast can shed often. A month doesn't sound too unusual. However, frequent shedding can also be a sign that the snake is unwell, or has external parasites (ticks or mites). Keep an eye on it - if spends ages soaking in its water bowl, or shows weight loss, then you might want to take it to a vet, otherwise I wouldn't worry.
Chloe,
I have some questions for you, but your e-mail is obviously no good so I will post here. I wanted to ask you about your baby. Please e-mail if you get the chance.
Thanks,
The Neph
Chloe, I have some questions for you, but your e-mail is obviously no good so I will post here. I wanted to ask you about your baby. Please e-mail if you get the chance.

Hi,
What was it you wanted to know?
Chloe
I was thinking about getting a baby Rainbow. I have had columbian boas and corns. Temperament is a big concern of mine and I was wondering how you found them to be? Thank you so much for reponding.
Guinness,
The Neph
I was thinking about getting a baby Rainbow. I have had columbian boas and corns. Temperament is a big concern of mine and I was wondering how you found them to be?

My little baby is an absolute star! I couldn't want for a more gentle snake. Having spoken to people who own them, I've not yet heard of a particularly aggressive one and most report them having excellent temperaments. I'd certainly recommend them.
I don't know whether you've been around the group long, but as most here know, I had an irrational fear of snakes until a while ago. Our first snake we got 18 mths ago was a Western Hognose, mainly cos they are small, plus I used to handle one in college a few years back which was a real sweety. I still felt very nervous handling him though and it wasn't until I got my baby rainbow boa that my fear left me almost completely. I felt so at ease handling him and wasn't nervous in the slightest. A couple of months later I got a couple of 3-4 ft corn snakes and have had no problem whatsoever handling them either Emotion: smile
I say go for it! Emotion: smile
Chloe