markscherz:

Possibly the greatest photo of an Arabian sand boa, Eryx jayakari, ever taken.

markscherz:

Possibly the greatest photo of an Arabian sand boa, Eryx jayakari, ever taken.

Snake Feeding under the cut:

renanimals:

rosy boa

renanimals:

rosy boa

(Source: californiaherps.com)

renanimals:

rubber boa
Rosy and rubber boas are the only boas native to North America.

renanimals:

rubber boa

Rosy and rubber boas are the only boas native to North America.

(Source: californiaherps.com)

thegirlwiththesithtattoo asked: I just got a baby sand boa. she's not aggressive or snappy, but seems anxious about being handled. any advice on how to work her into being more at ease when I handle her? I always grab her from underneath and around her belly so she won't think I'm a predator.

Hi there, sorry for the late reply, I’m busy getting ready for PAX East!

Baby sand boas are often very snappy, or ‘flippy’, as I like to call it. It’s often something they get better about as subadults and adults.

I personally don’t handle my snakes a lot- since I breed them, I try to limit their stress as much as possible, and I feel that even when conditioned to handling, there’s always some stress involved with handling snakes.

That being said- semi-regularly (2-3x/week**) handling your sand boa for a short time should help, but I don’t know that a baby will ever get over snippyness until they get bigger.

Maybe some of the other readers will have suggestions for you!

** If your snake is being picky about eating, stop all unnecessary handling until feeding is regular.

mollypopamolly:

My new baby sand boa 😍🐍

stitchesnligaments:

How are snakes not cute.

stitchesnligaments:

How are snakes not cute.

zacharge:

Northern Rubber Boa (Charina bottae)- San Mateo County, CA

zacharge:

Northern Rubber Boa (Charina bottae)- San Mateo County, CA

artintheart:

dont tell andrew… *heavy breathing*  but looking into snake trade.  Want this little snake sausage so badly!  

teleos:

Amalthea on Flickr.

teleos:

Amalthea on Flickr.