Yes, I can tell that my boa, likes for me to hold her too. B.C. is my (25 year old)" baby". She hasn't been for awhile, but I used to take her to schools for show & tell quite often. She loved the attention, & the kids loved her. My husband is sceptical about my being able to tell she likes it. No matter who is holding her if I am there, she wants ME to take her. The only exception to that fact, happened several years ago when I had taken her to school. I was holding her as the kids walked by single file to pet her, or not haha. For some reason, when this one little girl came by, B.C. took a shine to her. Until then she never went willingly to anyone but me. I told the girl she should feel very privileged.
Even a snake has feelings.
When I bought B.C., she picked me. Out of the tank of several babies, she was the one who crawled up my arm. It was love at first sight. We were inseperably. She went everywhere with me. If I went somewhere where I didn't want her to surprise anyone, by crawling out of my purse, I would put her in a Crown Royal bag & tie it, but alot of the time, she just stayed in there on her own.
Funny story, once when we returned home, I forgot to latch her cage. The next day when I was getting ready for work I discovered her cage-mate was missing. I freaked out! Do you have any idea how many hiding places there are in a house, for a snake? Trust me, we have had to totally dis-member an entire couch once to get one out. Anyway, as I started to leave the house, I picked up my purse, & it felt too heavy. That other snake must have decided it was his turn to go, because it had climbed out of the cage, down a piece or furniture, through the hall,into the other room, up another piece of furniture, & into my purse... Do snakes get jealous?
After I got My first boa, I read where they can live up to 40 years in captivity. I used to joke about me holding her while sitting in my rocking chair, as an old woman. Now I'm a grandmother, & she is still with us.