Commonly bred in captivity as they are considered threatened in the wild. An adult red tailed boa can weight up to fifty pounds.
10-20 gallon aquarium for juveniles and 10 square feet of floor space for an adult. A very secure lid is a necessity. Use a large water dish as they often like to soak in it prior to shedding and also defecate in their water. Be sure to change it often. Give them plenty of hiding spots and a strong branch for climbing.
- SUBSTRATE: Reptile bark is a good substrate.
- LIGHTING: UV 5.0 and possibly a basking light to keep him warm while he is on his branch.
- TEMPERATURE: 82-90˚F during the day, 78-85F˚ at night. Placing a large heat pad under the tank will provide most of the heat needed. Make sure is water dish stays warm also.
For a juvenile, a small mouse every 5-7 days. Intermediate 10-14 days. For an adult, give them a couple of rats every 3-4 weeks. Never feed anything to your snake that is larger than the largest part of his body. Avoid handling for a day after feeding so that he can digest his food. It is a good idea to feed in a separate area as it will keep him tamer in his home. WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER HANDLING HIS FOOD, BEFORE YOU HANDLE HIM AGAIN! This is extremely important as they hunt by smell and most bites are a result of your hands smelling like food.
Be wary around them when they are shedding as it is uncomfortable and their vision is impaired. It could strike at you because it feels threatened. Remember to respect your snake. Avoid handling when you are alone as it is a powerful pet. Keeping a few safety rules in mind should give you and your snake a long and happy friendship.
*As with any pet, it is important that you find a veterinarian that practices in the certified care for your animal. This guide is general in nature and should not be used to diagnose your pet.