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Rosy Boa

Lichanura trivirgata

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The Rosy Boa is especially attractive due to its relative ease of care and its ability to be easily tamed. Beginners will find this snake to be one of their best options as they are generally very docile when bread in captivity. At full adult size they rarely exceed 3 feet in length and are between 1 and 2 inches in diameter. Although they come in different color combinations they usually have three light colored stripes down their sides.
Rosy Boa
Natural Location: Africa
Average Lifespan: 15 or more years
Estimated Size: 2' to 3'

Feeding & Water

A water dish should be provided that is large enough for your snake to bathe in. The water should be changed daily to ensure that it is fresh and clear of debris. Adults generally are fed once every two weeks, while junveniles are fed once every week or two. Although these feeding intervals may vary with your snake.


Temperature, Lighting & Humidity

Provide your rosy boa with a heat gradient from 70 degrees F to 90 degrees F. Snakes in general require 8-12 hours of light per day. A consistent lighting schedule is required to reduce stress on the snake. This is common for most types of reptiles.


You should provide your boa with a shelter that is large enough for it to fit in entirely. Rocks should also be provided at the base of the enclosure. This will aid in the shedding process as these snakes use rocks to aid in the shedding. A branch or ledge of some sort is needed for the snake to climb on.

Avoid substrates that are too rough on your snakes skin (ie: reptile turf, gravel, etc). Soft mulch or newsprint is acceptable.

The habitat should be cleaned thoroughly approximately once per week. While you are doing this it will be necessary to remove the snake and place it in another habitat.


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