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10 to 15 Years


Colombian Red-Tailed Boa

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

boa constrictor

Sexing and Characteristics:

Scientific Name:

The Scientific name of the Colombian Rainbow Boa is Boa constrictor imperator. It should be noted that though Colombian is often spelled Columbian, the correct spelling IS Colombian.


Colombian Red-Tailed Boas are found in tropical rainforests in, you guessed it, Colombia! As well as other parts of central and south america.


Newborn red-taileds are usually quite nippy, but with frequent and gentle handling, they are quickly tamed down. Juveniles and adults are usually totally mellow, which is good because youíd want a snake this size on your good side! :] Wild caught specimens tend to be harder to tame down, but there are so many captive bred babies and adults to be found, that you rarely find wild caughts for sale anymore.


Neonates are about 18-20 inches, and grow relatively slowly into 6 to 10 foot adults. The males tend to be 6-8 feet long, and thick bodied. The females reach closer to 8 to 10 feet, and are even thicker bodied. Regulated feedings will keep the snakes a manageable size, careful not to starve them. A reasonably sized meal once every 10 days for young snakes, and every 2 weeks for older ones is appropriate.


These snakes can live a very long time, and are a big commitment. A healthy captive red-tail can live longer than 25 years!

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Substrate and Water Needs:


There are several substrates that can be used, old newspaper, aspen or cypress mulch, indoor/outdoor carpetting. Newspaper is easy to clean and should be replaced weekly. Aspen and cypress mulch are attractive, and can be spot cleaned. This bedding should be completely replaced every few months. The indoor/outdoor carpetting looks good too, and can be taken out and replaced with another piece, and cleaned.


Red-tailed boas donít usually soak, but a bowl of clean water big enough for the boa to soak in should be available at all times. If the snake is soaking a lot, it is probably because the snake is in shed or is infested with mites.

Lighting and UVB:

BCIs do not need UVA or B, so daytime light can be achieved with a fluorescent or incandescent bulb. If using an incandescent, it must be caged off so the snake doesnít burn itself

Temperatures and Humidity:


These snakes require moderate humidity, the tank should be sprayed at least weekly to ensure a healthy snake and complete sheds.


Daytime temperatures should range from 80įF to 86įF, with a basking area of 88-91įF. This temp range allows the snake to choose which temperature it wants to be at. The hot spot can be acheived with a basking light (OUTSIDE THE TANK! The snake can quickly get seriously burnt if it has direct access to the light or hot metal), but an under-tank heatpad is recommended. Heat rocks should never be used, as they can burn the snake.

Heating and Equipment:


Caging Provided:


As these snakes donít require very high humidity, but good circulation, a glass tank with a mesh life, or a vented wood/plexi-glass custom made enclosure are the best cages to use. Babies should be housed in small enclosures (20 gallon long), as they can get stressed and fail to feed if they are kept in something too big. As they grow, the will need more and more space. The rule is at least the enclosure be three quarters the length of the snake long, and two thirds itís length deep. Shelves can be added to encrease floor space.


These snakes usually donít climb branches, but some shelves or thick branches will provide more space to hang out in and explore. Some rocks look nice and aid in shedding. They will also need a hide box or two, that can be made out of upside-down plant pots with holes in the sides, or half-logs. Plastic or live plants look nice and give the snake some variety, too.



Description of Diet:

Newborn red-tails can be fed mouse fuzzies or hoppers, or rat pinkies, every 5 to 7 days, starting from their first shed. Juveniles to sub-adults can be fed appropriately sized rats every 10 days.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

I inject my rodents with liquid calcium



Healthy red-tails should shed in one piece, but a piece of shed doesnít come off with the rest of the shed, the snake should be soaked in shallow room temperature water for an hour or so.

Some Words on this Species:

Rember these snakes get big
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