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Epicrates striatus strigilatus

Posted by Sonja K. at 5/14/2011 1:22:00 PM

I figured since these are not commonly kept, I would welcome them to my collection with a blog. Smile

They also deserve it since I have been waiting months for the weather to cooperate and be warm enough for shipping. They are finally here, though.

They were born on Sept. 29, 2010 from unrelated blood lines - produced by Ryan Potts (RJP Reptiles).

Without further to do, here they are, a pair of CBB Bahama Boas (Epicrates striatus strigilatus).... They are also referred to as New Providence Island Boas, Nassau boas, and fowl snakes.

I asked the breeder which was correct, and his response was: 

"The exact island locale of the adults is unknown, therefore I think Bahamas boa is most apt. I think most people tend to refer to this subspecies as Nassau boas, which I sometimes use also."

First, the female... she was a little more "photogenic" (willing to stay put) than the male...Wink

The male:

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Josh- O-Town Reptiles,
Posted At: 5/14/2011 2:24:45 PM  

Wow awesome little worms!!! How big do thid guys get?

Michael ,
Posted At: 5/14/2011 4:22:20 PM  

Sonja  where do you keep them all ??  do you have an underground lair ??

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 5/14/2011 4:27:22 PM  

No, Michael, it's above ground... but it is a 22 foot by 22 foot building dedicated to them 

Rebecca ,
Posted At: 5/14/2011 4:38:27 PM  

LOL, Sonja's lair is outside, not underground!  Get it right!!  ;)

Cool looking babies Sonja!!  How big do you expect them to get?

Pope of iHerp and Bread,
Posted At: 5/14/2011 6:06:43 PM  

Sonja, your collection is almost complete. You need a pair of boelens, a pair of angolans, and more corns, and youll be set. A chondro wouldnt hurt though.

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 5/14/2011 7:30:46 PM  

Josh/Rebecca - The breeder says his adults are 6-7 ft.

Nate... I'm not so sure about needing more corn snakes, but any of the others I would take. When will you be gettin' those and sending them to me? 

Sonja ,
Posted At: 5/14/2011 8:04:11 PM  

Very nice!  I know you must be thrilled to finally have them in your hands.

Ed ,
Posted At: 5/14/2011 9:57:14 PM  

Beautiful!  Always nice to see more insular Epicrates!   Contratulations!   Ryan is a good guy, has some awesome snakes.

Colleen ,
Posted At: 5/14/2011 10:42:13 PM  

Really stunning snakes Sonja!

Are these 2 different 'morphs' or is that color variation between the two naturally occurring?...sorry I know nothing about these except they are beautiful:D

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 5/14/2011 11:46:12 PM  

Colleen, it's just color variation as far as I know - I think it's always fun to get a couple with different looks and be able to watch how they develop. 

Jeff ,
Posted At: 5/15/2011 1:14:29 AM  

epicrates striatus stirgilatus....that's almost harder to pronounce than my last name....  They're beautiful Sonja...congrats

Melanie Bernal ,
Posted At: 5/15/2011 11:09:47 AM  

Wow!!! Super sweet Sonja!! Congrats on the pick up!!! And in a photo or two I can see you've picked up their iridescent sheen!!! Awesome!!

LOL@ Jeff!!!! 

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 5/15/2011 11:53:15 AM  

Thanks everybody! And I have to say, Ryan, the breeder, has been wonderful to work with!

Erick Hernandez,
Posted At: 5/15/2011 10:15:06 PM  

Awesome! Good to see more Epicrates keepers. I have to pick some of does up this year. Are they eating rodents?

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 5/15/2011 10:20:32 PM  

Ryan told me their last meal was an anole scented pink, so I have my fingers crossed that they will keep on that path. He even sent 3 with to get me started - so nice of him. 

Erick Hernandez,
Posted At: 5/15/2011 10:33:57 PM  

You should also try scenting the pinks with chiken. I do this for my jamaican. I take chiken and thaw it out (generaly the chiken is for me). Then I take the pink and wash it out with soap and clean it to take the scent off and deep it in the chiken water. It never fails me. IF you ran out of anoles you should give this a try. 

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 5/15/2011 10:37:21 PM  

Thanks much Erick! I will keep that in mind, for sure. These are my first lizard eaters...

Just got my frog eater to take it's first scented pink yesterday - so awesome when they take at least that step to scented. : )

Shannon ,
Posted At: 5/16/2011 11:53:41 AM  

Wow they are freakin' awesome!!!!

Aimee ,
Posted At: 5/16/2011 1:56:06 PM  

those are really cool, Sonja! nice pick-up!

Posted At: 5/18/2011 1:07:00 AM  

Wow, they are beautiful!

Patrick Malloy,
Posted At: 5/18/2011 4:33:00 PM  

Wow girlie! Whats next? Morelia carinata? :)

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 5/18/2011 4:53:52 PM  

HaHaHa... Patrick... You know... I think I could probably handle having those in my collection!!

You sending me some???

Patrick Malloy,
Posted At: 5/18/2011 6:53:56 PM  

If i could get my hands on them at a relatively decent price perhaps, however there still expensive ill wait :) Hopefully can just do some trading this year and get some.

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 5/18/2011 10:13:29 PM  

Aaah Patrick, really!?!? You'd get them for me? So sweet of you! LOL

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