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2016 Tarahumara Mountain Boa (boa constrictor imperator) - I'll have to double check the paperwork to see if he's a July or an August baby. Came in today so he is destressing in his new enclosure and hopefully I'll get him eating with me shortly.

He is named for the Vision Serpents in Mayan religion (one such well known example being the Quetzalcoatl, who Q is named after).

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You will never sleep alone, I'll love you long after you're gone.
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So tiny!
I always enjoy your snake pics.
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I love your love of your snakes! So cool to have a passion that's a bit different. I respect snakes, they don't scare me to death but I respect them.
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Beautiful snake!
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Cute little guy!

And I learned something from this thread. I noticed your guy has a black tongue; I had really only noticed our good old garter snake tongues, which are bicolored. So that drove me to the internet:

"Tongue Tint
Various snake species have different colored tongues. Some species have dark colored tongues, while others are bright red, blue or cream. In some species -- garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis ssp.) provide an excellent example -- the tongue is often red at the base, while the tips are black. Individual variation exists in some species as well, with different specimens exhibiting differently colored tongues. Amelanistic or albino animals often have very light colored tongues.”


Not only that, but that there are actually people who ask questions about their snake’s tongue color and the health of said snake,

because if their snake’s tongue changes color, it can indicate "mouth rot”....


Inquiring minds find out things they don’t want to know.....

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Cute little guy!

And I learned something from this thread. I noticed your guy has a black tongue; I had really only noticed our good old garter snake tongues, which are bicolored. So that drove me to the internet:

"Tongue Tint
Various snake species have different colored tongues. Some species have dark colored tongues, while others are bright red, blue or cream. In some species -- garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis ssp.) provide an excellent example -- the tongue is often red at the base, while the tips are black. Individual variation exists in some species as well, with different specimens exhibiting differently colored tongues. Amelanistic or albino animals often have very light colored tongues.”


Not only that, but that there are actually people who ask questions about their snake’s tongue color and the health of said snake,

because if their snake’s tongue changes color, it can indicate "mouth rot”....


Inquiring minds find out things they don’t want to know.....
Mouth rot is stomatitis for snakes Rex aka NotStaying (now in his new adoptive home as Claude Lawfayette the First) also had mouth rot along with scale rot (bacterial skin infection between his scales, also known as "blister disease") and an upper respiratory infection (snake-pneumonia) when he came to me. All of these are signs of improper care which is why it's very important to thoroughly research your exotic animals before bringing one home! NotStaying had many things wrong with his set up when the previous owners gave him and their supplies to me which is why I took him in in the first place- I knew he would be sick or injured and require vet care before going to a new home.

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Sounds like NotStaying Claude is all better, or at least on the mend? Thanks for taking him in and caring for him.

We say that with dogs--why not snakes? And I would think it would be a lot harder to find a vet who knows anything about snake care.

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Sounds like NotStaying Claude is all better, or at least on the mend? Thanks for taking him in and caring for him.

We say that with dogs--why not snakes? And I would think it would be a lot harder to find a vet who knows anything about snake care.
Yes he is all better! I wouldn't ship a sick snake to a first time owner. Good reptile vets are hard to come by and they are not cheap, and also because reptiles hide illness frequently until it's already severe, when you notice symptoms of treatable illnesses you must get them treatment or it will complicate and kill them. Practically everything was wrong with his setup and he had lived like that for 4 years before being turned in to rescue because they "didn't have time for him anymore". I knew he would need some TLC if he was going to stick around long term and was okay with taking that on.

NotStaying/Rex/Claude will be an emotional support animal for a friend of a friend's anxiety. They have a note from their doctor and an exemption from their landlord and are excited to have a companion that does not demand they take it on walks or is high maintenance like mammal pets. He's a nice snake to have, easy to hold and feed, so I've got all fingers crossed it turns out well for the both of them. I didn't mind keeping him until the right home inquired about him, even if he was with me for nearly a year.

He and Vision came home about the same time- his new owner recieved him on Tuesday and I got Vision Wednesday, so they're both locked in their enclosures for the week while we (impatiently) wait for him to acclimate before taking them out to play with them. Vision needs his enclosure sprayed with water daily and will gape and puff at me when I do so- he's very sassy even though he calms quickly in my hands. I kind of missed having a snarky snake around!

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