usualy they are nice, not many are agressive and if they are its the owners fault (for not handling or wvr) also if they are agressive they are eaisily tamed, rainbow boas are nice and easy snakes, i took a PRB female who hissed, striked, would put her nose on your fingers as they do a rat, but after handling evryday (except for the obv) she is alot calmer, she will hiss when in shed, or if you tough her tail in her hide, but she is just unhappy about you touching her and warning you.
Shes a nice snake now.
So if your thinking about getting a BRB but think it will be nasty, then get a hatchling and handle it. It may bite as its a hatchling but thats hatchlings for you.
Mine is an angel, hes a hatchling and I was warned that he was a bit snappy but he has never even had a hiss at me, hes a babe. I don't even handle him everyday so its clearly just his nature to be a nice snake.
Mr Royal is another matter she can be a real hissy cow! but generally very nice too.
I think with most snakes except a select few if they are cb and tamed when young a snake will be fine. Its when people are scared of handling them they know how to get rid of you they strike and you go away in thier mind the easiest way for you to leave them alone is for them to hiss and strike. When i get a new (young) snake eg a carpet python ive just bought i try to handle it once a week i put my gloves on and just handle it as normal it bites me repeatedly at first but as the weeks go by it realises that by bitting me its not going to make me leave him alone so he doesnt bother and becomes tame all snakes strike and hiss through fear not because thay are nasty. Be persistant, it sometimes takes time but taming is easy with confidence hope this helps rick
I was always told that, BRB's are snappy as neonates and I have found nothing to support that with my two. Yes they were nervous and a little defensive, but I think the "snappy" label comes from the fact that when frightened, they have total balls!! They'll square up and a have a go! Whereas a corn is more likely to take flight, a BRB (or indeed any boa/python) seems to defend itself with a warning or a bite. It just about being prepared for that possible response, but mine were both total sweethearts from the offset. But then I love 'em, so heavily biased. :grin1: