I just joined this forum yesterday as a fairly new snake owner. My son basically left his ball python with me to care for when he moved out of his apartment last November (a type of rescue, I guess). She turned out to be such a great pet that after doing a lot of reading and investigation (and talking my wife into it and finding the proper size enclosure), I found a young Hog Island boa at a local pet store (another sort of rescue). I think that the boa is a she but have not had her properly sexed yet (I just watched a video of how to do it yourself, a somewhat non-intrusive method and maybe not as accurate which I am going to try this evening). Both snakes are great but the Hog Island is a beauty. Here are a couple of pics of her.