- The scientific name of the red-tailed boa is Boa constrictor constrictor.
- They are nocturnal reptiles.
- For the red-tailed boa that lives in the northern or southern, they will hibernate during the winter or drought.
- These snakes are active in rainforests throughout the year.
- This snake kills its prey by squeezing the victim and swallowing them for food.
- The boas are classified under Appendix II for CITES.
- They are commonly found in Brazil and a few places in Columbia, Hogg Island, Mexico, and a few countries in Central America.
- Gestation normally takes 108 days.
- The red-tailed boa does not lay eggs but gives live young boas.
- An adult snake can grow up to 15 feet and 60 pounds.
- In captivity, these snakes can grow up to 30 years old.
- Naturally, they eat reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, and other snakes.
- In captivity, they should be fed pre-killed mice, rats, rabbits, and chickens depending 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 drinking and soaking, and constantly make sure the water is clean.
- This species can be found in the forests.
- Sometimes can be found near human settlements due to rodents.
- In captivity, it should be set at 28°C to 32°C, and a basking area with 32°C to 35°C for the daytime.
- The night time temperature should be around 26 °C to 30°C.
- It is common to see necrotizing enteritis and ulceration in the snake.
- You may always find parasites on their skin.