I just got a new boa!!! I was told he was a sunglow, then they said they didn't know if that was true. Then I was told it was a male. Then my mom asked the lady and my mom thinks she said female. These people didn't know much about him. His cage is probably 3'x2'x2' (length x width x height ) he is about 4 feet in length if I had to guess. I don't know how much he weighed. I handled him rather briefly cause I just wanted to get him from him box to the cage. When I put him in the cage, he I put him by the water dish, and he got a drink for a while. He's missing and eye from the owner before last feeding live and it clawed his eye, and the side with no eye he puts that nostril under water and drinks, then he put both under water. The water bowl isn't deep or anything. It's just temporary from what I had extra from my corn snakes cage. Then he lifted his head up high and stayed there for what seemed like 1 minute but was probably only a few seconds. Then it went down and opened it's mouth real wide like it was yawning. The lady said she hadn't gave it food for a month so he wasn't popping his jaw back I don't think. I know I'm over reacting. It's just because it's a new snake, and I don't know what to look for. So what should I look for? He's just sitting where I put him watching me. And I know your not suppose to bother them cause he's stressed out and irritated. That's why he hissed at me and kinda opened his mouth a little while I was putting the glass on the cage. He also flicks his tongue really slow which if I can remember correctly is a sign they are annoyed and mad. Correct? So here are my questions to make sure everything is okay right now. How open should his mouth be for me to get worried about ri or stuff like that? I don't think he has ri because I here no noises when he breathes but I'm just wondering to be safe. And if he does happen to be a snake with a temper how can I settle him down. I understand he is irritated now because he was just in a dark box for a hour or so on a sometimes bumpy drive. I'm use to a 3 foot corn snake who never bites or hisses and loves to be held. Not a heavy 4 foot snake that is mad at me. And please don't say I can't handle caring for this snake. I have researched this snakes a lot!! And I know 100% that I can care for this snake. I'm just worried about things. Like a new mother would be when she takes her new born home. She doesn't know what is normal with him. That's how I am. Haha. In a couple days or soo I'll post a new thread introducing him once she settled down. Anything info helps. I have been wanting this snake for the past 4 years of reptile researching I have done. Now I have him!!! I paid $200 for him an his cage.