Brazilian Rainbow Boa

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Brazilian Rainbow Boa

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name for Brazilian Rainbow Boa is Epicrates cenchria cenchria


  • One of the beautiful snakes.
  • It is a nocturnal medium size boa. 
  • The snake is marked with a dark ring down the back of the body.
  • It has approximately 48 to 52 scales in the middle part of the body.
  • A very iridescent and vivid prismatic rainbow effect is easily noticed under the sunlight.
  • This snake is classified under CITES Appendix II.


  • Amazon basin Brazil, Northern part of South America.


  • It reaches the sexual maturity age of 2.5 years old.
  • The eggs incubation period is about 4 to 8 weeks.


  • Usually, 2 to 35 babies are born per clutch.


  • Hatchling: 15 to 20 inches.
  • Adult: Normally 4 to 5 feet, up to 7 feet possible

Life Span

  • Up to 30 years.

Brazilian Rainbow Boa Food and Feeding

  • Warm-blooded vertebrates.
  • An example of the food is pinkies.
  • Feeding is about every 4 to 6 days once
  • Clean water should be provided.

The Boa Habitat and Housing Requirements

  • Tropical rain forest.
  • Grassland.
  • In captivity, humidity should be kept at 70%.
  • The gradient temperature should be set at 75°F to 80°F.
  • Setting the basking temperature at 85°F is fine.

Other Information for Snake Enthusiast

  • Brazilian Rainbow Boa is only recommended for advanced snake hobbyists as it requires a precise tropical setting and care.