|The Red tailed boa is among the most common and
well known species of snakes kept as pets. The
common name Red tailed boa refers to one of many
types of boas found throughout Central and South
America. These snakes can grow to a large but
manageable size and are recommended only for
keepers willing to provide adequate space for adults.
The friendly demeanor and attractive coloration have
made the Red tailed boa one of the most sought after
snakes in the hobby. These tropical snakes are
commonly bred in captivity and we recommend
purchasing captive bred animals only.
- Common Name: Red Tailed Boa
- Scientific Name: Boa constrictor
- Distribution: Central and South America
- Size: 3-10’
- Life Span: 15-25 years
- Neonates to juveniles
(under 3’) can be housed in
a 20-40 gallon terrarium.
- 40-60 gallon
terrariums are an excellent
choice for young boas.
- Adult Boas will need an
enclosure that is no shorter
than half the length of the
snake. There are several
cages commercially made
to house adult boas.
Minimal cage size for
adults should be 4’ x 2’x 1’.
- A secure, lockable
sliding-screen lid is
essential for safely
housing these snakes.
- Daytime Terrarium Temperature 80-85°F
- Basking Temperature 85-92°F
- Nighttime Terrarium Temperature 72-78°F
- Create a thermal gradient in your snake
enclosure by placing a heat lamp and an
Under Tank Heater on one side of the
terrarium. Zoo Med’s Daylight Blue Reptile
Bulb is a good choice for heating snake
enclosures. By placing the heating
elements on one side of the cage,
you will naturally provide the proper
- Any of Zoo Med’s Thermometers
will help you keep a close eye on
- An Under Tank Heater or Repticare®
Rock Heater is essential to provide
belly heat to your snake while it digests
- Snakes typically do not
require UVB to meet
their vitamin D
many snakes receive
UVB and sunlight in
their natural habitat and
there is new evidence
that they benefit from
UVB lighting in captivity.
- Zoo Med’s NatureSun®
can be used to
create a natural
- Boa Constrictors will
do best on Zoo Med’s
Aspen Snake Bedding,
Forest Floor™ cypress
mulch, Eco Earth®
or ReptiBark®. We
recommend a substrate
layer of 2.5-3" in depth.
- Provide moistened New
Zealand Sphagnum Moss
in a Repti Shelter™ to
create a humidity
chamber. This chamber
will help your snake shed
its skin as it grows.
- Zoo Med’s Eco Carpet™
can be used as a
friendly and easy-toclean
- Boa Constrictors can be fed exclusively mice
and rats throughout their lives. Rodents provide
snakes with the needed calcium and vitamins.
- We recommend offering frozen rodents only.
- Have fresh water available at all times. ReptiSafe®
Water Conditioner is a good choice for removing
Chlorine and Chloramines from tap water.
- Zoo Med’s Corner Bowls are an excellent choice of
water bowls for all snakes.
- When choosing the proper sized food item for your
snake select a mouse/rat that is the same size, or
slightly bigger than the girth of your snake.
- Young: Will eat 1 hopper mouse per week.
- Juveniles: Will eat 2 adult mice or 1 rat pup
- Adults: Will eat 1 appropriately sized rat per
week. Large adults may need larger
food items such as rabbits, Guinea
pigs, or similar sized food.