More info before sale PLS! While waiting with Talyn in the veterinary waiting room, I met two teenagers who were very impressed by my beautiful girl. They asked what kind of snake she was and I said, "she's a Brazilian Rainbow Boa." "That's what it is!" the girl told her friend/brother? w/e. "Yep" he replied. They then told me that their snake is a "cross between a boa constrictor and a Rainbow Boa!" Since I've read that cross breeding different species of boas is rarely possible due to the physical differences in hemipenis structures, I was naturally skeptical. "Wow, I'd like to see that snake. Who told you it was a cross-breed?" "Somebody. It must be a cross breed by it's markings". When the boyfriend finally showed up with the snake in question, they showed me a lovely but OH SO COMMON Red Tailed Boa!! He was very light creamy grey up until the last 1/3rd which had lovely deep red and black markings to the tail. I informed them of what their snake was. It's called a Red-Tailed Boa, because they have red tails! They thought because the tail was so different than the rest of the snake and looked so much like Talyn, that it must be a mix and someone told them so. Their snake was in there for multiple rat bite wounds. I tried to explain the importance of feeding F/T or at least F/K... clueless disbelief. "No --snakes have to eat live- it's in their nature to kill their own food." they told me. They left the rat in overnight... eeeekkk! More counseling on watching the feeding and removing the animal immediately if it's not taken right away. Blank stares. They tried to advise me to get Talyn a heat rock instead of my lamp which required a protective cage... and I tried to tell them that heat rocks could cause serious burns as well. That I had an UTH and that the CHE is safe: the protective cage was not properly mounted and secured enough because I assumed Talyn wouldn't go climbing on it. (Totally my fault!) They soon seemed annoyed at my advice and I had the impression that I was talking to a wall. Waaaaaaahhhh. If that poor snake manages to live through it's first year it'll be a wonder. I know I haven't been too lucky with my snakes (mites, endoparasites and now Talyn's injury) and I'm still learning, but I researched my two species very thoroughly before buying... people should really have to take a test before being allowed to buy reptiles!!