View Full Version : "Walter" my new RTB(Wall of text inside!)

09-27-2011, 08:10 PM
I thought I was done with new snakes for awhile but I got a craigslist notification on my phone and found something I couldn't refuse. ~8 year old columbian RTB. Said it was about 5' long but its closer to 6 I would say. 30 or 40 gal tank, heat lamp, water dish, etc. 6 frozen rats, bag of substrate, etc. Free to good home. I actually emailed the guy several hours after he posted(phone was on the charger) and thought it would be gone. Guess he liked my email because he removed the ad and told me he wanted it to come home with me. Sounded too good to be true and he later told me he got 10 emails within hours of the ad. It wasn't until I was getting ready to drive down and pick him up that he told me the snake had become food aggressive anytime he was hungry and would strike the cage and he wanted to feed him to calm him down before I picked him up. I suggested that was a bad idea as I didn't want to stress him on the drive home(I live an hour from town up a windy mountain road) and would rather feed him myself in a few days or he could feed him and I would wait a few days to avoid a regurge. He said that was a good idea and it was up to me so I decided to go ahead and go pick him up that night. I was a little leery about the "aggressive" snake but he told me that he had been getting more and more busy and spending less and less time with the snake and that's why he wanted a new home for him so it made sense he was becoming more aggressive with his feeding response if thats all he was getting was food and no handling. I showed up at the guy's house and he tells me the snake literally struck at the cage as he walked by to answer the door. Seeing him in person I actually felt this guy was scared of his snake. I walked right up to the cage with confidence and the snake was poking his head out of his hide with an S shape in his neck like he was cocked and ready to strike but he never even flinched at me. I talked to the guy and he had "Walter" for about 6 years and he was about 3 when he got him. The first owners had him outside and he got a severe sunburn and lost a couple inches off his tail. He has a stub tail that ends just a couple inches past his vent! The whole time we talked I stood in front of the cage talking to him and the snake and he stood back about 6 feet. He told me I could pull him out if I wanted and he pointed to a PVC snake hook he had been using. I kinda suspected he would pull him out but he stayed back. Since "Walter" made no move to strike at me I decided to give it a try and used the hook just to touch him and make sure he didn't react. The owner told me he was scared enough that he had started just throwing the rats in whatever side he was not at. I reached in and touched the snake and he seemed OK with me so I went ahead and pulled him out. He was all over me, fastest snake I ever handled! But he never acted up and let everyone pet him and then the owner decides to hold him since it had been awhile. I could see he cared for the snake but he was definitely scared to get him out of the cage heh. We brought him home and he has been a great snake so far! My 4 year old has a bad habit of running around and right up to the cages and I really expected him to strike out of fear/shock whatever but he hasn't! In fact he has never struck at the cage or anything since we have had him. Can they "read" you and sense fear through the cage? Was the previous owner causing the reactions with his fear? I left him be for a few days and he never did anything out of the ordinary and I fed him without a problem. It's been over a week and I took him out tonight and he was active at first, really trying to go anywhere but my arms but after awhile he calmed down and just relaxed on the back of my chair heh.

09-27-2011, 11:30 PM
beautiful boa but i felt sorry for his tail.anyway good luck with him.he is now in the good hands.

robin scott budd
09-28-2011, 11:36 AM
Sorry about his tail. He looks good. Glade someone that has some sence finaly has him. It seems that they can tell if your scared of them. I have even picked up snakes from pet stores that said they were to mean to sell, and have never had a issue with them.i have a black blood that was just that so mean they were afraid to sell it. I went in picked it up and have had him for 3 years now and never has he hissed much less struck. Good luck with you new boy

09-29-2011, 05:35 AM
great story and a nice looking boa!!

09-29-2011, 08:26 AM
Gotta love a story like that, nice catch.. and I think the stump gives character :)