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Boa Constrictor Care Sheet

Boa constrictor

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Boa constrictors are very large, and very strong snakes. They are not beginner snakes and should only be handled by a experienced snake keeper.
   
Natural Location: Mexico, South America
Average Lifespan: 20 - 30 years
Estimated Size: 8' to 12'
 

Feeding & Water

Feed your Boa Constrictor small mice when young, and full grown rats when an adult. Adults can also be fed small rabbits, the equivalent of three rats. Feed your adult boas every two to three weeks, and young boas every week. Provide a large and heavy water dish for drinking and soaking. Clean and change the water dish daily.

 

Temperature, Lighting & Humidity

Keep the temperature in the habitat around 83 degrees F during the day. Keep the daylight on for 12 hours a day. Boa constrictors will also need a basking spot that reaches 95 degrees F. At night, drop the temperature to 78 degrees F. Boa Constrictors do not need full spectrum lighting.

 

Housing

You will not be able to purchase an enclosure suitable for a Boa Constrictor. The minimum size cage an adult should be kept in is 8' x 3' x 4'. Usually an enclosure this size needs to be built. Provide branches for climbing and places to 'hide'. It is best to use either newspaper and reptile carpet as a substrate, but mulch or shaving type substrate can be used as well. If using mulch / shavings, do not feed your Boa on it. Ingested substrate can lead to health problems.

 

 


         
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