Red Tailed Boa

Scientific Name:

  • Boa constrictor constrictor

Description:

  • They are nocturnal reptile
  • For the red tailed boa that lives in northern or southern, they will hibernate during the winter or drought
  • The snakes are active in rain forest throughout the year
  • This snake kill its prey by squeezing the victim, and swallow them for food.
  • The boas are classified under Appendix II for CITES

Distribution:

  • Commonly found in Brazil
  • Few places in Columbia, Hogg Island, Mexico and few countries in Central America

Breeding:

  • Gestation normally takes 108 days

Nesting:

  • The red tailed boa do not lay eggs, but give live young boas.

Size:

  • Up to 15 feet and 60 pounds for an adult snake.

Life Span:

  • In captivity, these snakes can grow up to 30 years old

Diet:

  • Naturally, they eat reptile, amphibian, mammals, birds and other snakes
  • In captivity, they should be fed pre-killed mice, rats, rabbits and chickens depends on their size.
  • The pre-killed food should be clean and raised healthily.
  • Raw chickens from grocery should be avoided as 85% are infected with bacteria.
  • Feeding the snake should be done with care.
  • Do not overfeed the snake
  • Provide a bowl of fresh water for drink and soak, and constantly make sure the water is clean

Habitat:

  • Found in the forests
  • Sometimes can be found near human settlement due to rodents
  • In captivity, temperature should be 28 to 32 C, and a basking area with 32 to 35 C for the daytime.
  • Night time temperature should be around 26 to 30 C

Common Disease:

  • Necrotizing enteritis and ulceration
  • Parasites on skin