Live reptiles available only in Petco stores. Selection varies by store. Check your local store for availability.
This most common boa is a great pet choice, though they will grow much larger than other types of snakes such as Cornsnakes and Ball Pythons. This ultimately means that they will require much more space as adults. Red Tail Boas have beautiful markings and distinct red colorations on their tails. As adults boas will need large habitats, but as babies they can be kept in 20L or 40-gallon habitats. Décor such as branches, vines and plants for climbing or resting on should be provided for younger snakes, before they reach larger sizes. Temperatures around 80 degrees should be maintained with a basking spot of around 85-90 degrees during the day. Humidity levels should be kept up between 40-70%, as these are a tropical species. Use a substrate such as bark or coconut fiber to hold moisture. Occasional misting and terrarium mosses will help with this as well.
Feeding tip: It is always recommended to feed snakes in a container outside of their habitat. This is the best way to help limit any feeding responses from being associated with the habitat. This will also keep any substrate from being ingested while eating. A secure, small plastic container is most commonly used. By keeping this container dark you help ease stress from being moved from their habitat.
Available for sale in Petco stores.
Native To: Central and South America
Adult Size: 6-7'
Care Level: Intermediate
Scientific Name: Boa constrictor constrictor
Most Active During: Daytime (diurnal)
Life Span: 15+ years
Eats: Frozen, thawed rodents. Babies will start off with fuzzies/possibly hopers and move up from there as they grow. Feed once per week, always outside of their habitat.
Red Tail Boa
Central American Boa
Boa constrictor imperator
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