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BOOKS & DVDs
If you are, or are planning to be a boa keeper, this book is hard to recommend enough. Vin Russo operates a reptile breeding facility based out of the United States called, Cutting Edge Herp. He specializes in boa constrictors but also works with ball pythons, hognose, and green tree pythons. Vin especially plays a large role in conserving the bloodlines of locality boas (often called island boas), many of which have low numbers in the wild. Please check out his website for more information about his business.
I think of Vin like a scientist without a degree (or at least I don’t think he is formally trained), this is the reason I find the information in this book so valuable. Vin works closely with scientists on a regular basis and was even involved in describing the subspecies, Boa constrictor longicauda. In this book Vin layouts out a care guide with many insights on the way he care and breeds his boas. Vin is a successful breeder of these animals because he has a very firm grasp on their natural history, eating habits, environmental temperature shifts, etc. All of which he reveals in this book.
The second half of the book is dedicated to each geographic race of boa, including BCI, BCC, BCL and BCO. I found this section extremely interesting. Vin takes the time to detail the unique behavioral and environmental aspects of each locality, which is definitely relevant to the way you care for them. He also explains in detail all of the main genetic morphs that are being breed today.
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This is a great coffee table-type book if you are a snake enthusiast! I picked this book up from my local bookstore for no real reason other than I wanted it. This book briefly covers the natural history of 1000’s of different snake species. There are 100’s of great images as well. None of the information is ground breaking, but there is something about having a physical book to flip through that is much more appealing than surfing the web. I usually just flip to a random page, read about a species and then put the book down until next time it catches my eye. The early pages of the book are dedicated to snake biology, i.e. scale types, locomotion, body types, venom, organ/bone structure and much more. This information was very helpful in my opinion! Order on Amazon below!
Here is another good book written by Vin Russo. This book has much less information that the book above and is mainly intended to be a comprehensive care guide. This book is so cheap ($5-7) and is avaivble on Kindle. There is really no reason not to own it unless you already own the Complete Boa Constrictor. It is a very quick read but very helpful if you are looking for good care information from a source you know you can trust! Click below to order from Amazon.
I think the only way to describe this book is, down right bizarre! However, it is an amazing book. I would definitely classify it as a “real page turner”. You will not believe the stories Dr. Fry has to share. His brutally detailed descriptions of the many envenomations he has experienced will leave you with your jaw on the floor!
This is a very comprehensive book on rainbow boas. It does for rainbow boas what Vin Russo’s book (The Complete Boa Constrictor) does for boas. If you own a rainbow boa or are thinking of getting one, I high recommend this book. It covers topics ranging from natural history, husbandry, breeding and more. It also describes the different subspecies that fall under the rainbow boa classification (i.e. Colombian, Venezuelan, etc.)
This was one of the best reptile-themed documentary’s I have seen! I was not into venom snakes at all until I start listening/watching the work Ray Morgan was doing. In this film Ray travels the country and interviews people who work closely with venomous animals. It was very entertaining! There are a few clips on YouTube you can watch for free but the documentary is worth paying for. Looks like you can even stream it now too!