Red Tailed Boa

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Red Tailed Boa

Scientific Name

  • 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.

Life Span

  • 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.

Common Disease

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