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Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 2.25    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 02/03/2008

Main Category:

Snakes

Sub Category:

Boas

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Newby

Years Experience:

5 to 10 Years

Species:

Solomon Island Ground Boa

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Solomon Island Tree Boa, Indonisian Boas

Sexing and Characteristics:

Sexing the snake is very simple. There is no probing or popping. Just turn the snake over and look near the tail area. If it is a male there are some large anal spurs and if not the snake is a female.

Mostly Active During:

Night

Substrate and Water Needs:

Peat moss or any large bark material. Newspaper also makes great substrates for these snakes because it is easier to clean.
For water I have a large water dish because these little guys love to bathe and hang out in the water. They also defecate in the water so you might want to check it every day. They also mate in the water sometimes so you can see that it is important to have a large water dish. Try to keep the water warm. 86 degrees is preferable. they also need it warm to help in the shedding process.

Lighting and UVB:

I use a basking lamp for the day. It doesn’t matter what kind just be sure to check with someone the different distances the light needs to be for temperatures. You don’t want your snake to die. Also at night i throw in a tropic snake moonlight simulator bulb to see the snake and keep the temp up. The light is important to keep your snake healthy. Keep lights from being directly on the cage top because these snakes will climb and may get burned. Try to get a bulb under 100 watts. If you can’t get a UV bulb get your snake as much natural sunlight as possible. Do let the light go through windows. the glass will block the UV rays and just overheat the snake. try to have the window open or take it outside every now and then.

Temperatures and Humidity:

The temperatures should stay 80-84 year round. In the winter season keep the temp at 80 during the day and drop to 75 at night. This stimulates mating. Humidity should range from 50-70 percent year round. No drop in humidity. or they won�t eat if both temp and humidity are wrong. Another reason the humidity is so important is that it keeps your snakes immune system healthy so they don’t get respiratory infections or mouth rot. temperature and humidity are vital to your snakes survival.

Heating and Equipment:

Use a heat lamp. You can also use heat pads and heat coils. It is your choice. Try Four Paws equipment. It lasts the longest i think. Also be wary of heat rocks and other heating elements exposed to the reptile. If you have faulty equipment you will burn the snake. They don’t have very good heat receptors on there under body. they will get burned very easily. so use heat lamps if possible.

Caging Provided:

Make sure it is almost as long as your snake and somewhat tall with branches for them to climb on. Have at least two hiding spots. a 40 gallon breeder tank is perfect for this species of snake. just make sure it is at least 3.5 feet long by 1 foot wide and 2 feet tall if you decide to build your own. it will be roomy for your snake to get around but not too big for a full grown Solomon island boa. if the cage is too big it will scare the snake and he/she will not like you very much for it.

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

1 mouse every three to four weeks. Use supplements as you wish. Don�t feed them fully conscience mice. Put the mouse in a bag or box and slam it on a hard surface once or twice to addle the mouse. Then feed the snake. You do this to protect the snake. sometimes the mouse can kill the snake if you don�t do this. the prey should be about one to one and a half the size of the largest coil on the snake.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

You can get stuff cheap at pet stores like calcium powder to put all over the mouse. Or you can get whatever suits your needs. I personally don�t use any. The mice have most of the nutrients needed. Try to get a balanced diet. they will have problems later in life if don’t. use your best judgment or to be safe gut load the mice with supplements and such and then feed your snake.

Maintenance:

Spot clean everyday. Keep in almost clinical conditions yet keep a natural looking habitat. Completely clean tank or terrarium once a week. Cleanliness is very important so they don’t get mites and other such parasites and pests.

Some Words on this Species:

It is very docile and have a slow metabolism. Very shy and are very picky eaters. Not the best starter snake. Handling can be done if the snake is used to being handled. If you have a baby handle them then to sort of get them used to it.
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