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The Kenyan sand boa has a strong appetite for mice. Baby Kenyan sand boas typically prefer live pinky mice to get started, but with maturity, they almost always switch to frozen/thawed prey. Even with dead food, the prey is usually constricted. I use 12-inch metal tweezers to offer thawed mice to my snakes.
After breaking into a Leavenworth pet store, a burglar took only a boa constrictor snake, according to the police chief.
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Boa constrictors are very popular within the exotic pet trade, and have been both captured in the wild and bred in captivity. Today, most captive boa constrictors are captive-bred, but between 1977 and 1983, 113,000 live boa constrictors were imported into the United States. These huge numbers of wild-caught snakes have put considerable pressure on some wild populations. Boa constrictors have also been harvested for their meat and skins, and are a common sight at markets within their geographic range. After the , boa constrictors are the snake most commonly killed for snakeskin products, such as shoes, bags, and other items of clothing. In some areas, they have an important role in regulating the populations, preventing the potential transmission of to humans. In other areas, they are often let loose within the communities to control the rodent populations. A  man was strangled to death by his pet boa constrictor while showing the snake to a friend, police reported on Thursday.
Photo provided by FlickrAfter breaking into a Leavenworth pet store, a burglar took only a boa constrictor snake, according to the police chief.
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History:
The boa constrictor is a type of large snake that is native to Central and South America. At one time, boa constrictors were considered divine and worshipped by some of the native tribes of Central and South America. The boa constrictor is one of the most popular types of snakes on the pet market; however, as they grow quite large and can be dangerous if not properly cared for, they should only be owned by those with previous reptile experience.Appearance and Care:
Boa Constrictors are large snakes; however, they are not the largest of pet snakes. The average boa constrictor weighs around 80 pounds and measures 6-8 feet from nose to tail tip. Boa constrictors come in shades of brown, tan, reddish brown, and browns with tan markings.Temperament:
Boa constrictors are not one of the most sociable of snakes; however, with gentle handling and daily contact they can become moderately friendly and make wonderful companions. Socialization is extremely important for a pet boa constrictor, for without it, it can become timid, nervous and even aggressive. Like any animal, a boa constrictor can attack if it is mistreated or feels threatened. When well raised, boa constrictors tend to have a calm indifference to strangers and a reserved affection for its owner or immediate human family. Boa constrictors are best suited for experienced owners and are not suitable pets for young children. As a large boa constrictor can easily eat a small dog or cat they are not recommended for households that have non-caged pets.A staple in the pet industry, the Boa Constrictor can make an excellent choice as a pet snake. Medium size, even temper, and general ease of care make this snake a logical choice for both beginners and experienced keepers alike. Diet:
Like all snakes, boa constrictor are carnivores; they eat meat. Like all carnivorous reptiles, they will only eat food that is alive. Depending on the size of the boa constrictor they eat small rodents like mice, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs and gerbils, small birds, small lizards and rabbits. Large boa constrictors can eat other pets if owners are not careful; large boa constrictors can eat cats and small dogs. Like all pets, boa constrictors require fresh water daily.Boas and pythons use constriction to kill their prey and are able to swallow prey items much larger than the snakes themselves because of their ability to disarticulate their jaws. Even the largest of both families do not pose a large danger with regards to eating adult humans, however fatalities have been observed when pet owners were suffocated by boas and pythons due to this constriction.