Western “Mandarin” Madagascar Tree Boas (Sanzinia madagascariensis volontony)
This is a very unique arboreal that seems to be very easy to care for. Personally, I like to see these on display rather than hidden away in a tub or rack somewhere. They are very docile and can be handled. They are not like some of the other arboreals that are light-bodied and are commonly never touched for fear of injury to the animal or getting bit. Good eaters also. An all-around great captive.
Amazon Tree Boas (Corallus hortulanus)
This pair was proven in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The female was fifth generation captive bred. She was red with a white belly and ruby red eyes. The male was orange and red with no black pigment anywhere except the pupils. He was originally a wild caught animal but proved a solid captive. The litters seem to be nearly all colored animals with red dominating the group. The holdbacks were incredible.
The pictured animals were left in place for reference as there are still breeders working with my bloodline. I moved this project out a few years ago but have since acquired another nice group of colored, captive bred adults. Expecting babies again summer 2014.
Solomon Island Ground Boas (Candoia carinata paulsoni)
The Solomon Islands closed to exportation several years ago but recently opened back up again in early 2014. I was lucky enough to establish a good working relationship with the supplier there and, as a result, have been receiving a limited amount of very nice ground boas once again. I have been hand-selecting some very nice breeder animals for my personal colony and also selling surplus to the general public. The country could close again at any time and/or the transit hub of Fiji could also impose a ban on wildlife going through their airport.
In my opinion, these are a perfect snake for hobbyists. They do not get much larger than about 4′, will take rodents readily, give live birth, come in a myriad of colors and patterns and ship extremely well with little to no sensitivity to dehydration. I think these have a bright future in herpetoculture. Possibly an alternative to the Ball Python?