Brazilian Rainbow Boa

Brazilian Rainbow Boa

Scientific Name

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

Description

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

Distribution

  • Amazon basin Brazil, Northern part of South America.

Breeding

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

Nesting

  • Usually 2 to 35 babies are born per clutch.

Size

  • 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.
  • Example of the food are 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%.
  • Gradient temperature should 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 advance snake hobbyist as it require precise tropical setting and care.