Boas are one of the best snakes to keep as pets. When most boas are big snakes, and aren’t necessarily acceptable for owners without previous experience, in my opinion, there’s no better snake. In actuality, following 25 years of snake care, if I could only have one, it’d definitely be a boa!
Generally speaking, boas, although big and strong, are normally a joy to handle and generally docile by nature. There are 28 recognized boa species, and several can be held in captivity, even though some are certainly more suitable than others. This is a guide to the four species best suited to captivity.
Common boas Boa Constrictor Imperator
Frequent boas, also referred to as Central American boas or Colombian boas, range from Mexico to central South America. Variable in appearance, but also habitat, they flourish everywhere, from the rainforest to the bush. Nearly all captive Boa Constrictors are typical Boas, most of whom are from Columbia.
While no boa is the best pet snake, the frequent boa is closest to attaining this name. They are usually considerably less costly than other boas, like the Red Tailed, and yet they’re still amazing snakes, often with striking markings. They are normally very docile, normally take thawed prey without difficulty and are usually easy to keep.
Tending to be somewhat smaller than red-tailed boas, the boa constrictor imperator will usually reach 6 to 9 feet in length in maturity. Males will have a tendency to be somewhat shorter and not as well constructed than females, and gender can normally be set by the anal spurs that are fairly prominent on men.
Newborns are roughly 14 to 20 inches at birth and normally start to feed well on fuzzy mice shortly after their initial shelter if given optimum conditions.
If you want a beautiful snake That’s relatively easy to care for and handle, the Frequent Boa might just be an ideal Option
Red-tailed boas Boa Constrictor Constrictor
True red-tails are only found in the Amazon and Orinoco basins in northern Brazil, eastern Peru, Suriname, Guyana, and southern Colombia. They are generally light in colour with striking saddle marks that are a rich red, bordered with black, on the anterior third of the snake.
Generally longer and more assembled than ordinary boas, red-tails can grow to be over 12 feet long, although 9 to 10 feet are more common.
They are usually considered appropriate for more experienced keepers, mainly due to the larger size and how they’re more difficult to breed in captivity compared to frequent boa. They’re also much more expensive than common boas. Having said that, they continue to be docile and usually easy to care for snakes. If you’re ready for the huge size and can accommodate a large enough enclosure, these are really striking creatures. A large adult will require a pencil at least 6 feet long by 3 feet and will often require a jumbo rat or rabbit once every 2 weeks.
Dumeril Boas Boa dumerili
Dumeril’s is a species protected by CITES of Madagascar. The CITES status of the species means that WC or CF rearing specimens can’t be exported, but this doesn’t stop the conservation of CB snakes. If you purchase a Dumeril Boa, however, you may need CITES documents to show its source and be a microchip. Any respectable breeder or dealer using Dumeril boas for sale will have the ability to arrange paperwork and advise on the microchip (adults should be replicated, but youngsters too little to be copied will need a trip to the vet to have a chip inserted when they’re wide enough.
They’re a terrific alternative to the common or red-tailed boa for guardians who need a huge boa, but are intimidated by the notion of possessing an 8-10 foot snake. These snakes really seldom exceed 7 feet in length, and adults often don’t exceed 5 feet.
Breeding like that of common boas is required for Dumeril, even though some specimens may be more problematic to nourish and are somewhat more vulnerable to stress.
Rainbow boas Epicrates cenchria
Rainbow boas get their name from an iridescence in their skin when exposed to sunlight or other bright light. There are lots of subspecies, which can be found over much of South America, and one of them the Brazilian (E.C. CenchriaI) and Colombian (E.C. Maurus) are the most common in captivity.
Generally speaking, Rainbow Boas are considered a more advanced snake and therefore are only appropriate for experienced herpetoculturists. This is largely due to the fact that these are generally not as tolerant of handling compared to snakes like boa constrictors. Whether Rainbows Boas can be considered a first snake actually depends on what you need from a snake. If you would like a snake which you can handle roughly whenever you need and you don’t need to worry too much about the snake being competitive, a Rainbow Boa is likely not for you. If, however, you need a gorgeous snake which it is possible to see in his vivarium in precisely the identical manner that you would like fish in an aquarium, then there’s truly no reason why a Rainbow Boa cannot be maintained as first snake, provided you have the ability to give it the environment and the care it requires.
A fever (thermostatically controlled) of about 78 – 80 Fought to be offered during the night, increasing to 85 – 90 F during the day. The humidity should be kept considerably large. Along with a pool / bowl of water big enough to soak in, the enclosure should be sprayed daily. These snakes very seldom drink from ponds, but take droplets of rainwater from branches and leaves, and even from their own scales. Aim for a humidity of 75 to 80%. Since high humidity promotes the growth of mould and fungus, additional care must be taken to ensure cleanliness and great ventilation.
Other boa species
There are of course many different species of boa, including much smaller species like pink boas and ground boas. But for the ordinary snake owner, who wants a really beautiful snake and can commit to keeping a huge snake for over 20 years, one of these 4 superb species will definitely be my pick.