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Brazilian rainbow boas are a favourite of mine, so sharing some pics

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This is Cocoa CB18 bought from Reptile Cymru in Cardiff in summer 2019.
Photo supplied by Neil, if I recall.
Cocoa was the very last of the litter at the shop, but I was delighted with her very dark, chocolatey colour and contrasting orange crescents, or ocelli?
 

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From newly birthed litter, the neonates can undergo a massive colour change.
Some improve with age (ugly duckling syndrome), others fade out, and some don’t change much, but it can take a year or two for the colours to settle in. Seeing the parents can often be the best indicator of what a neonate might turn out like.
The contrasting colour in the dorsal saddles of neonates tends to merge in time with the base colour (but not always).
 

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This pic of Cocoa displays a bit of the ‘white-walling’ that can happen at night time. They change colour, with a lot of pigment receding from the side flanks.
Cocoa was maintained in a glass Komodo viv for about a year. Viable, but easier to maintain in plastic vivs (polypropylene or PVC plastics).
 

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Her setup included a sonic mist maker for a time, but the aerosol can be problematic, the unit can heat up the water, and they potential pose a risk for encouraging Legionella aerosol 😳

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This little character was originally named ‘Penny’ - Penny-Popeye; owing to the condition causing the eyes to bulge at the back, and stick in at the front, creating a slightly cross-eyed look. Due to my inexperience, I didn’t notice this until after purchasing. I also later concluded Penny was a he, having palpated and discerned hemipenes to be present, this was also verified by two people separately, via probing.
 

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This was a close-up of Felix, a sibling of Penfold. Felix pressed against my skin whilst being handled, and stabbed me with a tooth; I flinched and dropped Felix, but being seated on the floor, it wasn’t a big drop (tho I still felt like a lousy wuss 🤦🏻).
It wasn’t a bite, but a protruding tooth, which even caused the upper lip to stick up sometimes.
Fortunately, it resolved without intervention, after some weeks, possibly after a larger meal.
Managed to get a photo, showing two teeth in same place (I guess one was growing through and displacing the other?)

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Felix was later probed and I was told female. Renamed Felicity, I was delighted, as she had a high red coloration.
 

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Prometheus, also from Reptile Cymru, I bought him Oct 20, he is the most handleable snake and always seems happy out.

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(He could be a she, they weren't 100% sure on purchase and I haven't had him probed as not interested in breeding)

Trying to get him to stay still for a photo is not always the easiest 😂
 

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When I started looking into keeping rainbow boas I was very taken with the rich chocolatey and high reds. There are some high orange colour variants, but as their crescents/ocelli on the side flanks often have a splash of orange, I like there being a contrast to this.

In 2019 I went a bit BRB crazy and bought ten across the year.
Most were 2019, and one born the previous year 2018. The day I came back with 5 in one day did not go down well with my better half 😳🤫
Anyway, that’s another story.
These are two chocolate BRBs out of a group of four. Should have been two pairs, but they were all since probed as males (Squiggle and Lex).
Both have some chaining, where the saddles join forming almost a zigzag pattern.
Squiggle is to the left (feeling a bit unsure about close contact with another boa) and Lex on top, taking some interest in Squiggle’s scent.

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