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Is a 40 Gal (36×18×18) too big for a Rosy? Front opening, Exo-TerraPosted by greent999, Dec 31, 2019 02:34 AM Is it okay to use coconut fibre substr

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Posted by greent999, Dec 31, 2019 02:34 AM

Is it okay to use coconut fibre substrate? I was thinking of getting a pet snake and was searching the web for good beddings.
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 6, 2019 06:36 PM


“Wondering what I could use as “”ceiling”” for a rosy boa enclosure that earlier was an aquarium. As they do rub their noses on the metallic mesh, what could I instead use? Or are there any recommended sites for terrariums that are a great choice for Rosy boas?

Super thankful for answers!
Posted by Anonymous, May 13, 2019 06:37 AM

It is never a good idea to keep a snakes habitat in a incubator for heating. Snakes should always be given the option to regulate there body tempature through moving from the warmer side to the colder side of there habitat.
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 21, 2019 02:00 PM

“My rosy boa usually always roaming around the tank but when he sheds he will hide for like a week and he won’t eat at all when he is done shedding or sometimes he will never go on his heat pad and when I take him out of the tank he is freezing cold I try to put it on the heat pad and 5 min later her isn’t on it.

Email me suggestions on what I should do


Posted by Anonymous, Feb 28, 2019 11:35 AM

How long should I let my snake digest its food? i can’t find it anywhere…
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 25, 2019 08:02 PM

Where can you buy a Rosy Boa?
Posted by Anonymous, Jul 31, 2018 10:57 PM

“In 1980, I was 26 years old and lived in the back hills of San Diego Co. near Palomar Mountain. I caught an 18 inch Rosy Boa, and he was a feisty snake, constantly rattling his tail at me! I had an idea’on the property was a 1600 sq. ft. Outbuilding that I was restoring my 2 Jaguar sports cars in. One day I felt something weird while relaxing on a small couch and looked behind me and came out of my skin. There was a 27 button Mexican Red Rattlesnake! Well my 9mm. Took care of it and we had him for dinner that night ( no,they do not taste like chicken, they are greasy and ill tasting)! Well, I took that 27 button rattle and Eastman 910’d ( the first and very powerful superglue)that rattle to his butt! I threw him
back into the terrarium
and he rattledhis new toy, it scared the H out of him and he slammed into the glass trying to get away! Then he started checking it out,rattling it, and decided he liked it! My cats refused to come into my room, Monday afternoon both my roommates cornered me. What the “”F”” are you doing with a Rattlesnake in your room! I laughed and showed them the little terror! Heeyaaah! That critter was fun, a friend brought his GF over and. I took a red pen and put two dots all over my arm and brought him out! He loves me I said “” Look! He keeps kissing me!””! She looked at me with a very sick look on her face! “” He’s not kissing you “”! She said! I showed them my snake and she still looked ill! It would stay for a couple weeks and fall off and he would be in a corner all morose looking until I glued it back on. Rosy Boas are powerful and he pushed through 3 cinder blocks but pinched off the rattle on the way out,Oh well! Hey, true story and they are great reptiles!PS. I had a California Alligator Lizard for 9 years and it’s name was “” Reptilicus Carnivourous “” Great name,huh! After that Belgian Movie monster of the same name!
Posted by rolando, Jun 10, 2018 11:47 AM


I just got a 2and a half foot long rosy. He is so sweet! He got right into his 20 gallon tank and started exploring!
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 4, 2018 04:18 PM

“So I rescued a rosy from my stepsister who wasn’t Taking care of her at all. I’m slowly learning everything I need to take care of her but one thing I noticed is the snake would rather sit in the water then in the sand…she’s also having a hard time shedding on her own. I have been feeding her pinkies. The previous owner never fed her in the 3 years she had her..

Posted by Anonymous, Sep 10, 2017 12:13 AM

I need one in my life
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 4, 2017 03:18 PM


“I am looking into buying a pet snake. Rosy Boa is one of the five snakes I am researching. I am researching the, Rosy Boa, California Kingsnake, Corn Snake, Gopher Snake, and the Ball Python. If there are any other snakes that you think would be a good pet please email me with the address below. Also, if there is any information is about having a pet snake, please let me know.
Posted by Anonymous, Aug 28, 2017 06:55 PM

My rosy boas, pickles and Jarold, both live in a 40 gal tank and do absolutely nothing. 😂 they only move to eat and go back to sleeping, which me and my family find hilarious.
Posted by Anonymous, May 31, 2017 02:16 AM

Hi! I am looking into adopting a Rosy Boa. I am really excited, but the person has not had a heating pad or a heating lamp in the cage. Should I be worried about her health since she needs the heat to help digest food?
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 6, 2017 03:09 PM


“If you want to learn a lot about rosy boas, this is a good site also.
The three authors of this article go there…
Posted by Anonymous, Aug 25, 2016 07:26 PM

Hello everyone I just caught a Rosy Boa about a week ago ive never owned a snake and so i wanted to get one thing straight ot says during the brumation period not to feed him at all. How long exactly is that period? Also how can i confirm if its a male or female. I have it in a 40 gallon tank and well i want to get it a friend haha.
Posted by MikeHanger, Apr 27, 2016 11:02 PM

Good post Jan 23 2016′ I agree completely regarding tank size. These guys nerd st least a 20 long….Thanks
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 7, 2016 08:46 PM

I saw at a local pet store that they had a Mexican Rosy housed with a Corn Snake. It enraged me when I saw flies crawling all over the poor thing and its food source was crickets. I don’t know much about snakes, but everyone I’ve ever known who owned a snake fed them rats or mice(both frozen/thawed). I know that crickets are bad for geckos, so it really worried me. I wish I could’ve got it, but mom said no (I’m a minor). If anyone knows what I should do, could you e-mail me at yoem99@gmail.com
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 19, 2016 12:41 AM


Rosey boas are great pet snakes, they are easy and don’t require high humidity. We give ours a tiny water dish for water maybe once a week. It holds a ounce at best. Our rosey boas is very tame and had never showed any agression or cage agression. She has never bit anyone, my gf was nipped one time. But she was holding her head to show her where the mouse was lol she didn’t know better. So other than during feeding, these snakes are very docile. I think they are actually better beginner snakes than ball pythons. Because ball pythons need humidity and are finicky eaters and shedders. Rosey boas are very good eaters and have no problems shedding. It takes them awhile but they shed in one large piece very well. They are also smaller than a ball python. I highly recommend getting a rosey boa. Although I do not agree with the ten gallon tank there whole life part. These snakes are still fairly large and they would not have much room to move around or room for a big enough hide in a tank that small. Ours was in a 20 gallon and she was pretty cramped in there. We upgraded her to a 40 gallon and now she can spread herself out. There more room for larger hides. So I recommend getting a rosey, they are great beginner snakes. But I would say a ten gallon for a juvenile. And when they are adults a 20 long for a male and a 40 gallon for a large 3 foot plus female. Ours is just over 3 feet long.
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 23, 2016 08:09 PM

“Now I want a white rosy boa. 😐
(Apparently can’t login to post, so Anonymous it is.)

The previous Rosy Boa we had lived till she was about 18 years old. From what I’m told, she lived in Cedar all her life and was fed once per month. I never took care of this one as she was the snake we had during my childhood, up till I was 17 years old. All I ever did was take her to show and tell at school all the time. 😛 She was a nice grey snake that never once ever bit me. She was pretty familiar with the scent of my blood too as I had at one point cracked my head open on the corner of her cage and had to be rushed to the ER, as a child way too young to remember so I had to be told this story. 😛 Apparently she was so terrified (she was 3 years old, I was 2) that she didn’t leave the opposite corner of the cage for weeks. She ended up dying of a kidney infection that we couldn’t get her through.

I later used the cage to rescue a few other snakes in this area from a neighbor who kills any snake she finds or throws rocks and stuff at them hurting/injuring them. I saved a couple speckled king snakes and a black snake from her and released them in the local forest area near me after they were healed up.

After a while, my mother decided she wanted another Rosy Boa. So deciding to get one, again, I cleaned out the cage real well. My mother used Cedar again because it’s the cheapest, but after I found out that this stuff is bad for the snake, I basically demanded we change to a new type of bedding till she finally changed it to Aspen. The snake lives in my room because I keep my room temp a minimum of 75F during Winter.

He has at several times bitten me, more and more recently, not sure why. I was playing Halo 4 for 3 hours at one point with him sleeping on my stomach under my shirt. He decided to crawl around to my spine while I was still gaming and in a battle, then take a bite out of my back right around my kidney area (which was hurting prior) and he did his whole coil thing. Funny enough it didn’t really hurt that much, it was just more of a sudden shock thing and a pinch with 15+ little red holes in my skin. Took me 5 min to get him to let go. He must have liked the taste because he did it again a few months later on my chest, in a spot that was also in pain prior to the bite. Oddly, both times, the pain went away after, even more so that he bit the exact spots that were in pain. I’ve gotten used to him biting me now. I just hope he doesn’t leave teeth behind again like that time he bit my finger and I spent a month picking teeth out of my finger.

He is also fed once per month, but on occasion, he kills his food without eating it, and at two points in his life he went almost 3 months without food, only killing but not eating. It is extremely hard to get him to eat something that’s already dead, so I throw live mice in there. Much less risk of him trying to eat my finger while wiggling it to make it look alive.

I keep a larger water dish in there with a lowish level of water in it because he has at times wanted to soak before shedding.
Like this: https://www.weasyl.com/submission/885944/snake-in-water
Used to use smaller water dish, and this happened:
So I upgraded to the one you see in the first picture. I also found out not to put water in the very corner, or this happens…
I spent 15 minutes peeling tape off him that I had used to secure the dish to the bottom of the cage. He also kept ripping my thermometers off the wall and getting stuck in the tape again. I stopped putting that stuff in there now, and let the thermometer dangle from the top of the cage with it set to about 72F, it is way up there so that he won’t go after it so if it gets to 72F near the top, it is likely hotter towards the bottom and I’ve reached in a few times to feel about. He seems to like it as is now as he finally stopped climbing up the corners to make loud thuds, as mentioned below.

As for your thing about snakes climbing around, he has shown signs of loving to climb, at one point I even put something in for him to climb up on till his fat heavy ass pulled it down several times and I got tired of hearing loud thuds every night waking me up from a snake climbing up and falling down all the time.
I got him things to climb up on because he kept climbing up the corners of the cage for a while and would then fall making a loud thud that would wake me up at night. Eventually his fat ass padded down all 4 corners of the cage so I had to fluff it all up again every few days from all his falling down.

For a while, I was worried about all those little black spots on him and even treated him for mites but no change. After seeing some of the pictures here, it looks more natural now. I’ve got no idea of his humidity levels in there right now. I myself am broke and unable to afford anything to take care of him and since he is technically my mother’s pet, I can’t take care of him the way I want. I’d like to be able to follow the guidelines here so that he may live close to 30 years as well but alas, that costs money and that’s something we don’t have and she keeps wanting pets because she feels alone and yet I end up being the one actually taking care of the animal so the animals all come to me. Even the snake prefers my company. 😛

In any case, I’m using a 24 year old cage, way back when cages used to be made of thick tempered glass and were heavy duty cages, using aspen bedding with a hollow log and a cardboard tube slightly hidden under the bedding, with a petrified tree piece as something he can climb and a random rock for him to rub against when shedding and a large water dish that’s always in there for him whenever he needs it. He’s never regurgitated anything, and he’s a picky eater who only eats female mice. He hasn’t ignored his food ever since I switched to the female only diet. There is a large heating pad under the cage connected to a thermometer to automatically turn off at 72F (because thermometer is so high up). It’s hard to tell if he is happy or not, but he stopped trying to escape so.

Enjoy this picture of a snake finding out what a laptop is:
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 14, 2015 01:43 PM

Do not you windex in a snake cage
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 3, 2015 01:32 PM

You soap and cap of bleach to clean everything in the cage with hot water
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 3, 2015 01:30 PM

I am 16, and I used to care for my science teachers non-venomous snake( i believe it was a mountain king snake? it was red, black, and yellow, and the rime for it was “Red on black; a friend for jack, red on yellow;kill a fellow” if any of that helps determine the snakes) so I’m fairly comfortable handling snakes. One thing that i used to do with the snake was if i was holding it then had to do something i would put Mojo (that’s the snakes name) and he would curl around me snugly so that it almost looked like i had a tight necklace/choker on. I really enjoyed that behavior because it made me feel close to him. I was wondering if that was a good behavior, and if a rosy boa would do the same? I understand that each snake has a different personality, but would this be common? Thank you for the tid-bit of information 🙂
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 11, 2015 04:47 PM

This article mentions using pine shavings as a substrate. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that not only is cedar bad, but pine shavings are also toxic to a snakes nervous system. Aspen shavings are a much better choice, as they are safe to use for reptiles. Can someone else please clarify this?
Posted by Anonymous, Aug 26, 2014 04:52 AM

I just bought a Rosy Boa! This helped a whole lot! Thank you!
Posted by xXsNaKeS4LiFeXx, Jul 16, 2014 11:06 AM