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Columbian Red-Tail Boa Constrictor


Common Names: Columbian Red-Tail Boa Constrictor

Scientific Name: Boa constrictor imperator

Distribution: Columbia

Size: Large Columbian Red-Tail Boa Constrictors can grow up to 12 feet long. Columbian Red-Tail Boa Constrictors average size is 6 to 9 feet. Male Columbian Red-Tail Boa Constrictors are smaller than females.

Temperament:Captive born and raised Columbian Red-Tail Boa Constrictors are usually very tame and docile. However, some imported sub adults and adult Columbian Red-Tail Boa Constrictors can be aggressive at first but will usually mellow out in captivity.

Hardiness: Columbian Red-Tail Boa Constrictor are very hardy when properly set up and maintained. Imports should be treated for internal parasites.

Sexing: Columbian Red-Tail Boa Constrictor should be probe sexed, can evert the hemipenes in baby males.

Food:Columbian Red-Tail Boa Constrictors eat nutrient fed and preferably pre-killed mice and rats. Larger Columbian Red-Tail Boa Constrictors will take small live rabbits.

Housing: Baby Columbian Red-Tail Boa Constrictors can be housed in a 10 gallon terrarium, but soon will require larger accommodations. Sub-adult and adult Columbian Red-Tail Boa Constrictors require a large custom built enclosure at least 2' by 4' by 4' in size. Substrate can be either newspaper, aspen, pine shavings, rabbit pellets, orchid bark, reptile bedding or reptile turf for smaller set ups. Sparsely landscape and create shelters, climbing and basking areas with select anchored branches, cork bark or hollow logs and driftwood. For baby Columbian Red-Tail Boa Constrictors, sturdy live, potted or artificial plants can be added for decorative purposes.

Water: Provide a large heavy shallow pan of fresh water for drinking, soaking, and defecation at all times. The water should be cleaned frequently.

Temperature/Humidity: Columbian Red-Tail Boa Constrictors like day temperatures between 82 degrees F to 95 degrees F. They like gradient, night temperatures between 72 degrees F and 80 degrees F. A large water pan will provide some humidity for your Columbian Red-Tail Boa Constrictor.

Lighting: Full spectrum lighting / U.V. radiation is recommended for maintaining Boas in captivity.

Heating: Under tank reptile heating pads placed under both the water pan and 1/2 to 2/3 of the land section will provide 24 hour bottom surface and water heat, while incandescent light bulbs with reflector situated above same 1/2 to 2/3 of terrarium will provide the proper daytime heat gradient. Use a thermometer.

Notes: Virtually all sub-species of Boa Constrictors can be set up and maintained under similar conditions.


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