- The scientific name of red tailed boa is Boa constrictor constrictor.
- 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.
- They are commonly found in Brazil and few places in Columbia, Hogg Island, Mexico and few countries in Central America.
- Gestation normally takes 108 days.
- The red tailed boa do not lay eggs, but give live young boas.
- This is a large size boa.
- A average adult snake can grow up to 15 feet and 60 pounds.
- 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.
- It is common to see necrotizing enteritis and ulceration in the snake.
- You may always find parasites on their skin.