A very good boi, Rigatoni. He enjoys climbing people's heads and getting inside t shirts to steal warmth
By - Boaesthetic
Rigatoni is a hybrid. He is half peruvian bcc and half common imperator. Some boanazis call him an abomination, or a mutt, I call him handsome 🤗
He's 'designer' 👌
He looks like a very good boi. Does he eat cheese Bois?
Yup, cheese boys, baby carrots boys, and.. quail.. couldn't think of a clever one for quail
Your fucking crazy. I’m piss pants scared of snakes and I can’t imagine being within 50 feet of a snake larger than my foot. But thank you someone suggested I come here for some kind of exposure thing to help me get over that fear so thanks for posting I guess
The fear of snakes is a very common, deep rooted biological fear that some seem to even be born with, thanks for trying to get over the fear though. These creatures are highly misunderstood and actually rather great calm pets when taken care of properly. I promise, im only a little crazy, lol
Interesting!! What a beauty!
Question for you, my boa looks so much like your boy, but the red in the tail is instead black. She was a rescue and they told me she was a red tail but there’s no way, she looks so much like yours other than the red. From my research, a common imperator was my best guess but idk.
Probably a long shot but do you know what might cause the black in the tail where the red is on your boy? I just wanna ID her
You could send me a pic, I could help better. But red tail is a nickname, it is a confusing one and is really only accurate for the bcc because they actually have red tails. Boa imperator are not red tail, calling a boa imperator a red tail is like calling a husky a wolf, or an Asian beetle a lady bug for some examples. Its just not right. Bcc and bi are two totally seperate species of boa but share a common ancestor so they look similar. Boa imperator dont even have red tails, generally they are orange, brown, or black
Sounds like you in fact do have an imperator, not a red tail, possibly even an anery if it has no pink, orange, or red at all. Anery is a morph that eliminates reds and oranges and leaves you with a black, white, and tan boa
Interesting, thanks so much for the info!
This is [her](https://imgur.com/gallery/TUwCUQu) if it helps. Thanks again!
She also has a slight rainbow iridescence in the sunlight
She is gorgeous. It can be difficult to eyeball boas because there are so many different types and they get bred together in captivity creating various mutts and locality blends. From what I can tell, she does seem to be boa imperator and she is not anery, she is likey a blend of several localities , but she could very well be a hybrid too, she kinda has the look of one. Do you know what her parents looked like by any chance?
Thank you! I think so too (:
Unfortunately I don’t know about her parents, she came into my care from a woman who said she basically forced a friend of hers to sell it to her so she could find her a better home. They starved and neglected her, claiming that she was ‘vicious’ any time they opened the tank (which was too small for her). When I got her, you could see her ribs and she didn’t know how to eat properly. We could only get her to eat live at the time, and she didn’t know how to wrap around the rat. So she would bite, then twist up the rest of her body but not around the rat, so it would fight back. Super thankful that I was able to get her onto frozen. She’s happy & healthy now, and has *never* been vicious to anyone. Sometimes I bring her to farmers markets because she’s so good with kids, and people love it.
Oh goodness, so happy she is in better hands. I dont understand how people could take on the responsibility of an exotic animal and then totally neglect their duties towards it. So sad... whatever kind of boa she is, she is awesome!!
It’s terrible. I think people have the mindset that they just want a cool exotic animal to be able to say they have one. You need to love snakes to care for them properly; just like any pet. I grew up with ball pythons & other reptiles that belonged to my dad so I grew a passion for them, I love my girls. And thanks so much, your big boi is mighty handsome too (:
I'm pretty sure any most morphs of any snake you can buy is likely going to also be a mutt, so there's that.
I immediately could see the Peruvian.
I see mine is not the only one finding dustbunnies and cobwebs with his face.
I also like getting inside t-shirts to "steal warmth"
Umm... have an upvote i guess?
The definition of cute *and* beautiful
Yk when u see someone who has a really good jawline and ur like wow? Why is this snake giving me good jawline vibes
What a beautiful boy!
Thank you, he is my favorite in my collection.
Ssshh, don’t tell the otherssssss
(Sorry, I couldn’t help myself)
I have all balls, I want a boa so bad. How big of an enclosure for a boi his size??
He is 7 feet long. I have him in a t-25 from animal plastics, 6 foot by 2.5 feet
I’m gonna be honest the only (non-venomous) snakes I’m scared of are red-taileds but he looks very polite.
Oh he is, never hissed his whole 7 years of life. He really is just a big curious noodle.
BIs and BCCs are generally really mild-mannered, especially as they age. There are some crackheads, of course, but there are other heavy-bodied species that are way snappier.
Seems like the bigger a boa gets, the more confident and calm they become. As little string bean babies, they can sometimes get nervous because they know they are small and enable.
For real? Every red-tail I’ve been around has wanted to eat me lol
You clearly need to meet more boas, haha, you must have met the assholes
I would let this good boy steal my body heat any day, no questions asked
I can’t wait for my beautiful 1 year old boa boy to be just like rigatoni :)
So beautiful! Ugh I wish I could have a noodle. Too much responsibility for me though
I can’t wait for my girl to get that big
I am absolutely in love with your adorable pasta puppy
Pasta puppy. I love it.
He's a beautiful boy
Such a lovely, handsome boy!
What a gentleman! With a moustache and all!
So adorable!! What kind and where did you get him (if you don’t mind me asking)? I *REALLY* want a snake but my parents won’t let me :(
Say it “won’t offer love”
He is a hybrid. Half peruvian bcc and half common imperator. I got him from Brian Shelton at wayout exotics 7 years ago.
Snakes dont really offer love but they do build trust with you, they recognize routine and get comfortable with you. In time you see their unique personality, they are soothing to hold, very therapeutic animals.
Oh, ok cool. Yeah I mean I kind of get it but I thought you guys would disagree lol. They just seem so cute and comfortable in all the videos here and they seem like after a while they warm up to you.
Yeah, I think I've held a few snakes when I was younger and I remember their skin being a fun texture to touch. I don't know why I really want a snake. I have a dog emotional support animal and I really really love her. I guess its just something about the way they move and like how cute they are.
Thanks for everything lol
". I don't know why I really want a snake."
Because you cant have one. People want what they cant have.
I dont know if snakes are capable of love. But they do recognise people and enjoy our company. Some, like corn snakes have a really sweet personality and enjoy human interaction.
lol I never thought about it that way but I guess that makes sense too. Yeah
My snake loves massages. He'll curl up in my lap with his head in my palm and I'll massage his head till he falls asleep. They most definitely feel love but have now way of showing it back. I like to think they would if they understood it. It takes a while to convince or warm people up to liking snakes, but I do it daily at my job and even the most scared/fussiest people come around overtime! Goodluck!
Aww, so cute! Thank you so much
I mean, they won't really. Snake brain and all that. But OP is right, they can be very effective therapy animals, and they're smart enough to build comfort/trust and recognize safety.
Edit: if you need something that "shows you love" in one of the ways that humanity has defined that term, then getting something like a dog is what you're looking for. If that's not important to you at all, then a snake might be just the ticket :)
Yeah, I kind of get it. I thought y'all would disagree though lol. I do have a dog who actually is an emotional support animal lol. I guess I just really want a snake for some reason...
Looks like all youre missing is a snake! 😁. Even though some species can be relatively easy to care for compared to other common pets, they still have needs and are still a responsibility.
I love him!! Once I have a little more time and space I would love to have a boa
They are so rewarding 💖
Raising an animal like a snake, to be a tame and very calm animal, one who literally anyone can pick up and pet their head without them recoiling, one who has clear preferences and dislikes, one who becomes far more beautiful in their adult colors than you ever imagines they would be is very very rewarding.
I got rigatoni as a very small palm sized baby and I learned a lot about caring for boas from him, trial and error, I learned as I went, I made mistakes with his care, but I changed and corrected my care over the past 7 years and now he's huge, puppy tame, and healthy. Now I am very confident raising boas and I have 7 of them, with the intention to breed eventually, some of my snakes are carrying extremely rare genes to produce morphs that not many people even know about. I am proud of my collection and proud of how calm all my snakes are, even my dumerils boa who got dumped at my house, and who had several previous owners because she tries to bite all the time has slowly become pretty tame, I still have to use a snake hook to get her out if her enclosure but once she's in my hands she relaxes. I am very proud of that development...
I just enjoy maintaining them and interacting with them, building a relationship with them and seeing them develop
You could say the same for any animal
True, very true.
What a strange dog you've got there. Lovely, but strange.
Lovely boy. How old is he, and how much does he weigh? I'm always curious about the growth rates of hybrids.
7 years old. Never weighed him once in my life lol I honestly don't know many boa owners who weigh boas because there are so many types and so many adult size variations across the species and localities that it doesn't really matter what they weigh, its more about their body condition
He is 7 years old, and still growing. Peruvian bcc are very very large boas. Many exceed 8 feet as adults, some can reach 12 feet. Both his parents were over 7 feet so I'm pretty sure he will reach at least 8 foot before he really slows down growth wise. That first 4 to 6 years of a boas life is their biggest growing years then it slows down, after about 8 or 9 years they only manage a few cm of growth over a year generally but even an old snake can have a random growth spurt
Nice! Yeah -- I only weigh my girls once a year and otherwise go by body condition, but it's a bit harder to gauge size through a video, lol. Do you know of a really bulletproof CB source for BCCs, these days? I've mostly worked with BIs or gotten my BCCs from rescue situations, but I'm looking to bring someone new into the house. (Also looking at BCOs, if you have your finger on the pulse at all!)
Brian vuillimen at brians boas, he is mainly a locality breeder with some of the most insanely gorgeous bcc. His boy prometheus is the best looking bcc i have ever seen.
For bco, Definitely go through ancient reproductions, Bob Guerriere has been breeding the best bco available for over 20 years, he knows his shit
Awesome -- thanks for the heads up. I'll definitely check them out! Super hard to find ethical breeders with both healthy and *interesting* animals, these days.
Totally agree. Brian has a great YouTube channel too, brians boas. He is as good as they come, you can tell he really loves his animals
Couldn’t agree more with those guys, some of the most majestic boas out there. Eric at HK constrictors is expecting Pokigron and Pucallpa litters this season too. I love the way he sold his last litters . He dropped every individual ad at the same time on his website and informed his waiting list of the time beforehand. His prices are pretty damn reasonable as well
I love him 😍
Quick question: do snakes get used to you and not bite or act aggressive? Like I'd love to get a snake, but I wanna make sure I won't find fangs in my wrist.
Most snakes dont have fangs.
And yes, they recognise people and learn to enjoy human interaction
Exactly, non venomous snakes have small teeth and use their bodies to hold their food because their mouths are too weak to accomplish that task. I'd rather take a bite from rigatoni than my dog any day. Rigatoni would scratch my skin, I would bleed, but my dog could reach my bone with his k9s and put my in the hospital needing stitches. Good thing both rigatoni and my dog are good bois though
The only non venomous snakes I would not want to take a bite from are big adult retics, big adult burms, the green tree pythons, and the emerald tree boas... they all have some serious teeth for non venomous snakes
The sharp back teeth do the real damage, not the canines.
Absolutely. Snakes can become extremely tame and tolerant. They can even become curious and seem to really enjoy exploring things when you take them out. They are animals though. Any animal can bite, its up to you to be responsible and make sure they are comfortable and feeling safe so they dont feel the need to defend themselves
Goergous snake! 10 out of 10. Would offer love.
I love him.
I absolutely LOVE how curious boas can be! What a beautiful noodle you have!! 🥰
what a beauty!!
Beautiful misunderstood creature
How precious! My girl is about 2.5-3yo now and I'm too excited for her to reach this size. Just gotta keep it slow and steady!
Yes! Slow grown boas live the longest 🤗 he didn't hit 6 feet until year 5
Amen! That's nice to hear - definitely fine waiting before I need to build a big enough tank for her haha
Das a thicccc boiii
Omg look at that big headed boi 🥺🥺🥺
I have some other species that enjoy the climbing on head activity. Both of my green tree python's absolutely love climbing on my head. Also, most snakes are absolutely fascinated with ceiling fans. This is the one household object that totally confuses them more than any.
I have started a "gym" exercise for my GTPs. I put them on my stairs banister and gradually coax them all the way up the stairs, giving them lots of encouragement along the way and gratuitous celebrations once they make it to the top.
Snakes are so fun!
I love greet tree pythons so much, I plan on getting some in the future. Was it hard to tame yours down?
I have two. One was very nippy as a baby - but not so much after a year or so of handling. The other was super chill from the beginning and still super chill.
With the nippy one, I would use a garden glove to get him out - and would let him crawl from that to my other non-gloved hand - always watching out for the inevitable strike - I got to the point where I could anticipate any strikes and not let him get me (most of the time).
I now open their cages at night (when they are in vampire mode) and give them kisses before my bed time.
He is a gorgeous boy! Also, I love the way you give answers to the questions here, very well explained!
Our boa lady was also snippy as a baby but turned out really gentle as well.
Love his pattern!
He’s so beautiful oh my god
My red tail boa accidentally bit me during a feeding. It was my fault.
The problem is now I'm worried she's going to remember biting my hand and try it again.
Do not worry! Boas have smaller teeth that easily get ripped out if they bite something they cant overpower with their bodies. They are constrictors, so they teeth are not their top method if taking food down, grabbing it then cpiling with their body is their method. They do not like biting unless they have no other option. Even a pissed boa hopes its loud and scary enough with its display that you won't touch it so it doesn't have to bite, and many hissing boas who put up a huge threatening display even instantlygive up once you put them up, they are like, "shit i really thought you would be too scared" and they just dont even bite. Your boa made a mistake and got too excited about food and bit you but it won't want to do that again unless you antagonize it or you make that food mistake again!
Some boas are crazy and will bite and strike with little regard to how it might damage their mouth but those boas are not the norm, mist boas seem to be in tune with their instincs enough to know when their shit is weak, when to bite and when it wouldn't even matter if they did bite
Thank you for this reply. This really helps calm any fears of thinking she'll be aggressive. Sorry for the out of place comment, it's just been a thing bothering me since I got bit.
Gonna take her out of her enclosure today and chill with her a bit. :)
That is a gorgeous boi
He looks so friendly!!
More pasta related snakes! Mine is named Linguine, she's a Brook's King Snake. She also a good girl.
He is cuter than my cat
He's ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS, especially his tail patterns!!!!! He can come and steal my warmth anytime!!!!!
a beautiful boi! i’ve always wanted a boa constrictor but unfortunately i don’t have the space for one (yet - maybe one day i’ll get rich and be able to get a house where i can fit all the reptiles i want 😊)
Get a dwarf boa!
The boa sigma have the tarahumaran mountain boa and the sonoran desert boas who don't exceed 5 feet if they are pure
The boa imperator have the crawl cay, caulkers cay, and Nicaraguan boas who also don't exceed 5 feet if they are pure bred
Beyond that there are centeral american boas and the hog island boas that generally don't get much past 6 feet, but some can, they arent true dwarf but they are dwarfish. 🤗
i’ll definitely look into them, but i don’t think there’s a breeder of any of these in my country unfortunately 🙁
I joined this sub to try and get over my fear of snakes but this literally made me shudder. How do people get so comfortable with them?? All I can think about his how fast it could bite you or constrict.
Snakes are simple creatures. If they feel comfortable and safe, they are calm and tame, even a wild snake can become calm in your hands once it realizes you mean no harm. If you are nervous and jumpy around them, or hold them awkwardly and make them afraid to fall or get hurt, they will bite.... its all about meeting them with good vibes and you generally get good vibes right back in most cases. Some snakes are assholes and just have attitude though no matter how nice you are.
I feel very safe with this particular snake, I have hand raised him since a tiny 14 inch baby, he has never bitten me or even hissed, we have a great trust relationship. He even lets me pet his head
In this video, he is basically demanding i pick him up. He is trying to get back up onto me to climb me like a tree. He is a simple and gentle soul, just wants to be up high to see everything better. He has no intention to bite
I can see now how he is demanding to climb up you, lol. He pretty much slams his head down into your hand haha
You make them sound a lot more personable than I’ve ever felt like they are. Idk, I’ve always been fascinated with snakes while also having a fear of them, it’s weird. I love looking at them if I see one out in the wild or in a zoo, but I don’t know if I’d ever be comfortable enough with them to hold one like this. I just can’t read their body language like I can a dog or a cat, I know if a dog is growling or it’s hair is standing up it might bite me but when I look at a snake I don’t see any emotion.
I hope you can hold a small, curious pet snake some day and see how curious and calm they can be. Snakes rarely ever bite fir absolutely no reason
Most of our common pets can do harm -- a dog or cat can turn on you and do serious damage, but we're much more socialized to be comfortable with them and be able to read their body language a bit more clearly. Snakes are the same way -- they have very distinct body language you learn as a handler, and you learn how to conduct your own body language in a way that won't make them see you as a threat (or accidental prey item). We're more unconsciously aware of these things with dogs, for instance; you might not think much about not grabbing a strange dog, looming over them, making sure to offer your knuckles to sniff first, and so on. It's also helpful to know what risks you're dealing with, how to avoid the worst of them, and how to respond if the snake does happen to react badly.
With a smaller boa, it's not the end of the world if you catch a strike out of defense or misplaced feeding response, but it's on you to deescalate the situation (not pulling away if they hang onto you, making sure that they're not wrapping anything important like your airways, knowing how to run them under water to get them to release if need be, etc). I've worked with big snakes (and temperamental ones!) for a long time, and I've gotten much, much worse bites and scrapes from the dogs I've worked with in my life. (This isn't to downplay snake safety, of course -- but they're really not formidable as they seem.)
Very well put. I trust rigatoni, but he hasn't had the privilege of wrapping his powerful tail around my neck since he was 5 feet. Just hanging onto my neck to grip could be very bad. He is a large tree climbing snake after all, I always have his tail wrapped under my armpit so he cannot accidentally choke me out. I do not attempt to move him to a seperate enclosure on feeding day, when he catches a wiff of food in the air, he is very much ready to strike and if I get in the way it could be me taking the bite, so I use long feeding tongs and offer him his food through the door of his enclosure that I do not open fully, as a saftey procedure. I do not let him interact with my dog, because I don't really know how that would go so I dont risk it.
Very much like how I dont hug a sleeping dog because it might snap at me when it wakes up, or how I dont stick my hand in a dogs food bowl and take their food, or how I dont get nose to nose with a dog I do not know well.
Its all about respect and being aware of body language when it comes to pets of all kind