Red Tailed Boa

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Red Tailed Boa

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of red tailed boa is Boa constrictor constrictor

Description

  • Also known as boa constrictor. 
  • They are nocturnal reptile.
  • For the red tailed boa that lives in northern or southern, they will hibernate during the winter or drought.
  • These snakes are active in rainforest 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.
  • This species is non-venomous and commonly found in pet store, snake breeder or reptile show. 

Distribution

  • They are commonly found in Brazil and 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

  • This is a large size boa.
  • A average adult snake can grow up to 15 feet and 60 pounds.

Life Span

  • In captivity, these snakes can grow up to 30 year-old.

Red Tailed Boa Diet and Feeding

  • 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.

Natural Habitat and Housing Requirement

  • This species can be found in the forests.
  • Sometimes can be found near human settlement 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.
  • Night time temperature should be around 26 °C to 30°C.

Common Disease

  • It is common to see necrotizing enteritis and ulceration in the snake.
  • You may always find parasites on their skin.