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Alright, so I'm in the process of getting a new viv organised, and since I have a bit of room I fancied getting a larger snake. So I'm debating between a BCI and Carpet (probably a coastal). I would ideally like a snake that gets to a good size when older (both) and doesn't hide all day... What are people's preferences? For those who keep both what are the plus and negative? Also any other suggestions that would fit the bill are appreciated (but bear in mind I'm not ridiculously rich!)

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PS: I know this is a bit of a random thread, but I'm feeling a little uninspired so thought you lovely people might come out with some nice suggestions.: victory:
 

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I haven't got a coastal but I have got a pair of IJs and they're out and about most of the day. I say out, I mean not hiding. They'll sleep anywhere, logs, rocks, on top of hides, they really don't care.
Saying that, we're getting some boas soon too. So get both like us!
 

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All Australian carpets are primarily nocturnal so will tend to hide all day
Having said that get urself a diamond or a Bredli
do you actually keep carpet pythons?

OP if you want a reasonably active snake that is quite often on show, go for a carpet. If by large snake you want something heavy bodied as well as longer go for a boa.

They are both great snakes IMO.
 

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If you want a display snake, go for a carpet, although I've only had mine a few weeks but I've yet to see her in one of her hides, she's always out on display 24/7
But on the other hand BCIs are wonderful snakes also, great feeders, great to handle and in my experience with mine great tempermant.
Save up and get both!: victory:
 

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If you want a display snake, go for a carpet, although I've only had mine a few weeks but I've yet to see her in one of her hides, she's always out on display 24/7
But on the other hand BCIs are wonderful snakes also, great feeders, great to handle and in my experience with mine great tempermant.
Save up and get both!: victory:
Haha, yeah it's the housemates that are the issue....

You guys aren't making my life easier here:bash:. I guess i shouldn't choose 2 of the most popular snakes to put up against each other. In which case, which of the 2 require the most specialist care? And if I go for a coastal, what would the size difference in vivs be when they're fully grown?

Thanks guys:2thumb:
 

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Male BCIs and most carpets will do fine in 48x24x24 viv and both require the same amount of care.
That will make things easier for you to decide now! lol!!:lol2:
 

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I think there both ice snakes but i personally would go for boas! i just love them.. but its all up to you :lol2:
 

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Also have both my coastal hardly ever hides he loves being on show so nice to handle always wants to come out.

My boa hides a lot more but then she is less then 18months so still a baby realy but so soppy to hold.

My fav is my boa but i do find that my coastal seems to have a more friendly looking face lol.

My wife prefers the coastal carpet.
 

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i have both and love both.
if you want a coastal then cool, my male sits on his new java wood all day looking sexy.:lol2:

my boas tend to sit in thier hides but are also gorgeous,powerfull and as soft as andrex..

my personal pref would be boas..: victory:
 

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Boas are great, but must admit that carpets are much better "display" snakes...my IJ`s were always out on show curled up on a branch or on top of a hide etc...the boas tend to like a bit more privacy given the chance, i now only have a bredl`s python, and he doesn`t seem to be quite as bold as my IJ`s were...that said though he is only around 4ft so still small and probably feels a bit vulnerable to be out on show a lot....both are equally nice snakes, and both are as easy to keep as eachother once you get their requirements right...
 

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boas are awesome if you want a snake that is going to sit in full view.

python= a scared snake that will hide all day and come out when its time for you to go to bed!
 
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