I recently offerred space to rehome unwanted pet snakes and I'm going to see a Boa tomorrow which I'm really quite excited about...

Its a male, 6 years old and is either a B.C. Imperator (Common B. C.) or a B.C. Constrictor (Red-Tailed B.C.). I have been told many good things about this snake and there is a genuine reason behind why they can no longer look after it. I'm going to go and see the snake tomorrow and see what its current environment is like and make sure its healthy. It was bought from a shop (now closed) and is CB. I haven't got the full picture of its colouration but I've been told that isn't a normal phase - so we'll see..
If everything looks okay it'll be homed along side my other snakes (after a period of quarantine of course).
Then I'll have no excuse not to take pictures and get a snake web site sorted!! Emotion: surprise)
Jon
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It just 'feels lucky'. Please let us know as soon as you decide whether to take him home to live with you or not.
I recently offerred space to rehome unwanted pet snakes and I'm going to see a Boa tomorrow which I'm really quite excited about...

Well???
Looking forward to hearing all about him and whether you decide to bring him home. And yes, we will be expecting piccies Emotion: wink
Chloe

"It's the easiest thing to live in a refuge from the world ... but it's the hardest thing to live in the world alone."
I recently offerred space to rehome unwanted pet snakes and I'm going to see a Boa tomorrow which I'm really ... see.. If everything looks okay it'll be homed along side my other snakes (after a period of quarantine of course).

I'm sorry to say your post makes me rather irritated. You offered space to rehome unwanted pet snakes... so you (in not so many words) signed up to rescue.
You don't "see the snake" to check its health. You set up your quarantine tank in advance, and go prepared to transport the snake.

You even go so far as to mention its unconfirmed color morph.

Bleh. Your definition of rehoming unhomed snakes makes me sad.

fr0glet
Fr0glet,
I'm sorry my post has irritated you. I have the upmost respect for you and the
work you do plus the advice you've given me before.
I'm sorry to say your post makes me rather irritated. You offered space to rehome unwanted pet snakes... so you (in not so many words) signed up to rescue.

I agree that that is one interpretation but I feel that we have different definitions of
what is a 'rescue'. To be a snake in danger, homeless, mistreated etc is in need of
rescue - this doesn't apply in this case. Say for example, the RSPCA had found the
snake dumped on the road (as has happened here a few years back) then that would be
different and I would take it in if at all possible.
You don't "see the snake" to check its health. You set up your quarantine tank in advance, and go prepared to transport the snake.

I will be going prepared to transport the snake and I have been making changes to
my herp room and quarantine area in expectation. I *do* go to see the snake to see
its health, current living conditions etc. As mentioned above its not a 'rescue' and I feel
it is important to listen to what the current owners tell me and to assess its current
environment. That way it maybe possible to suggest solutions to current problems
(Eg shedding due to poor humidity) and also anticipate future issues. Obviously in my example with the RSPCA then this wouldn't apply.
You even go so far as to mention its unconfirmed color morph.

This was part of the information they told me about on the phone - the owners
admitted they are not sure what type of Boa it is and tried to describe its colouration - as we all know there are many colour morphs and I was merely mentioning this..
Bleh. Your definition of rehoming unhomed snakes makes me sad.

Bleh? Not sure what that means?
As mentioned I am not rehoming an unhomed snake!!

I would love to be able to offer all snakes a home regardless of type, age, health whatever..
If a snake is a 'rescue' I would do my best to provide it with a home and appropriate care - in this
case the snake needs a new home and has been offerred to me so I see nothing wrong in checking
it out. If I decide for whatever reason that I cannot accomodate it I will assist the current owners
in finding it a new home where they too will be happy to know it will be cared for.
Jon
I recently offerred space to rehome unwanted pet snakes and I'm going to see a Boa tomorrow which I'm really quite excited about...

Well???

Later today..
Looking forward to hearing all about him and whether you decide to bringhim home. And yes, we will be expecting piccies Emotion: wink

o)
It just 'feels lucky'. Please let us know as soon as you decide whether to take him home to live with you or not.

Yea - I'll let you know Emotion: smile
Looks like I should be joining the Dr Barb club as well ..? Emotion: surprise)
Fr0glet, I'm sorry my post has irritated you. I have the upmost respect for you and the work you do plus the advice you've given me before.

Well, thanks for saying so. Still irritable.
its health, current living conditions etc. As mentioned above its not a 'rescue' and I feel it is important to listen to what the current owners tell me and to assess its current environment.

They don't want it or can't keep it. What does all that matter then? It needs a new home.
Bleh. Your definition of rehoming unhomed snakes makes me sad.

Bleh? Not sure what that means?

It's a general slang word of yucky feeling.
As mentioned I am not rehoming an unhomed snake!!

I meant to type unwanted.
If a snake is a 'rescue' I would do my best to provide it with a home and appropriate care - in this case the snake needs a new home and has been offerred to me so I see nothing wrong in checking

That's just my point. Why do you need to check it out before you decide if you'll take it? What if the snake IS terribly ill? The snake needs a new home. You've decided you'll be a person who takes in unwanted snakes. Why would you interview a potential snake to see if you want it? To make sure its healthy and a pretty color morph? Rescue isn't like shopping.
it out. If I decide for whatever reason that I cannot accomodate it I

Well, I'm curious to know what those reasons are or could be.

fr0glet
Fr0glet, I'm sorry my post has irritated you. I have ... work you do plus the advice you've given me before.

Well, thanks for saying so. Still irritable.

Happens to us all somtimes Emotion: smile
its health, current living conditions etc. As mentioned above its ... current owners tell me and to assess its current environment.

They don't want it or can't keep it. What does all that matter then? It needs a new home.

Yes. But the current owners don't know me from Jack and they are also concerned that
it goes to someone who will care for it. Surely seeing it in its current environment is not a bad thing?
Bleh? Not sure what that means?

It's a general slang word of yucky feeling.

Ah right! I wasn't sure but they say you learn something new everyday! Emotion: smile
As mentioned I am not rehoming an unhomed snake!!

I meant to type unwanted.

Fair enough
If a snake is a 'rescue' I would do my ... offerred to me so I see nothing wrong in checking

That's just my point. Why do you need to check it out before you decide if you'll take it? What ... to see if you want it? To make sure its healthy and a pretty color morph? Rescue isn't like shopping.

I agree its not shopping and I am not shopping! I wish I hadn't mentioned anything about
the colour I only did because the owners remarked to me about its colour without any
prompting from me at all!
Fine the snake might have been ill - I would be better off knowing of its illness and perhaps gaining
some insight about its living conditions could help diagnose problems. This is exactly what vets and doctors
do - they ask questions, they make visits, they get a history as best they can to help make informed,
educated decisions regarding appropriate treatment and care.
it out. If I decide for whatever reason that I cannot accomodate it I

Well, I'm curious to know what those reasons are or could be.

As I said before I wish I could accomodate everything but that just not possible. I could not
take adult or in some cases sub-adult reticulated or burmese or anaconda etc etc. I don't have
a licence and so cannot and would not take 'hot' snakes. Perhaps I also know that other people
would be in a better position than me to rehome the snake and I'd rather not move it around
several times and add to any stress. Whats the point of me taking on snakes if they are in such a
state that I don't have the facility or whatever to look after them - would that not me as guilty as those
who allowed it to deteriorate? At least if they are in such a bad state I can inform people that could
provide the support and help required.
I never expected to have such a reaction to my posting. I'm trying to help in some small way -
I never realised there was a 'correct' or 'incorrect' way. I had thought my approach was
being realistic and considerate - if you disagree then we'll have to have different thoughts and ideas
I'm sure its a debate we could continue for a long time without reaching a conclusion!!
Jon Emotion: smile
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