Resident Aquarium Nerd
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
I don't have one but that will be the next snake I get (well, a Brazilian Rainbow Boa, actually) so I've done a lot of research. Humidity is extremely important with them so regular glass tanks aren't appropriate. Do you know what the enclosure looks like? I'm also kind of surprised that he's getting heat lamps since those can dry out the enclosure (I know that one from experience). The people I know with rainbow boas use heating pads.
I don't think they're tricky animals to keep as long as you maintain high humidity (it sounds easier than it is, I have a ball python and it was a struggle at first for me to keep the humidity up in the winter).
I would also be cautious about buying a snake from PetCo. Was she captive-bred? Is she already eating frozen/thawed? Your friend will want to bring his vet a fecal sample either way.
"We weep for a bird's cry, but not for a fish's blood. Blessed are those with a voice."
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