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Q: Is it a rainbow red-tailed boa????
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hi, i just bought a red-tailed boa froma  pet shop, when i took it home, i gave him a lil bath.. then when he came out, his skin was shinning like a rainbow... and its still like that... could he be a rainbow red-tailed boa>???  you cAnt really see it here in the pic, but when hes moving around you can see it REALLY good.. its bright... i think hes very unique...

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Points: 100
Topics: Skin
Tags: Boas
Species: Boas > Large Boas > Boa constrictor constrictor
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Member Comment 5/31/2009 6:56:45 PM

Boa constrictors are iradescent; it's more evident on dark colored boas.... PS... that's a boa constrictor imperator... not a boa constrictor constrictor
Member Comment 5/31/2009 7:42:37 PM

One of my little island boas (BCI) just shed and I took him out in the sun yesterday, he was sparkling a rainbow...  That's the super-cool thing about boas!!  (okay, not the only super cool thing, but one of them...)  Fun, huh?  :)
Member Comment 5/31/2009 7:50:51 PM

I don't think there's any such thing as a "Rainbow red tail." Rainbow boas and Boa constrictors are completely different snakes. Boa constrictors are iridescent, though.. My two shimmer a little bit in every light, especially sunlight! My Hogg Island cross shines like a rainbow in the sun. =)
Member Comment 6/1/2009 12:05:11 AM

If their was such a thing I am sure the Price tag for that would be hugh!!! I don't think you could get that from a pet store.
Member Comment 6/1/2009 3:47:30 AM

I have a hypo bci that when she is wet she shines yellows and pink like it was a salmon fish lol
Accepted Answer 6/2/2009 9:46:50 AM

Yeah like what everyone else said, no such thing as a "rainbow red tail"  All snake scales are irredescent to different levels.  Boas tend to quite irredescent.  It's just the nature of the snake scale, it refracts light into all the visible wavelengths. 
My 2 boas out in the sunlight shine like rainbows as well. (not including the actual rainbow boa I do have haha)
Member Comment 6/2/2009 8:53:01 PM

time to close this one out I think
Member Comment 6/18/2009 5:11:33 AM

OK I AM FINALLY GOING TO SAY THIS I AM SICK OF THE CONTRAVERSY OF RED TAIL BOA CONSTRICTOR AND IMPERATOR !!!!! there is no sence putting a public post to make the person feel like an idiot you list the real difference between them other then the size and that it is still in the general family then it may be relevant !!!!! 

Other then that I have noticed on more then one type of snake the pigment of their skin have a rainbow shine I believe it happends when there is alot of oil on their skin.
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