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Care Sheet for Red Tail Boas

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 4.15    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 06/29/2006

Main Category:

Snakes

Sub Category:

Red Tail Boas

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

R e t i c

Years Experience:

3 to 5 Years

Species:

Red tail boa

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

most boa constrictors

Sexing and Characteristics:

The only positive way to tell is to get them probed

Mostly Active During:

Night

Substrate and Water Needs:

Boas can be put on many types of substrates including:non-bleached paper towels,aspen shavings,newspaper,and repti carpet.i highly recommend newspaper.although it doesnít hold humidity well it is very easy and clean.as for water the bowl should be large enough for the snake to fit in the water should be spring water

Lighting and UVB:

I recommend using UTH but if u use lighting i use exo terras night glow in the appropriate wattage for the size enclosure

Temperatures and Humidity:

Temperatures and humidity is very important.without the proper temperature the snake wonít digest itís food right and may regurgitate.if the humidity isnít right the snake may have retained shed.the temperature should be around 85 degrees Fahrenheit on the hot side and around 78 on the cool side.the humidity should be around 65% when they are ready to shed i put it at around 70% but not to much humidity or stuff will start to mold

Heating and Equipment:

I recommend UTH if so i recommend t rex cobra mats others tend to get to hot

Caging Provided:

Newborns should be housed in a minimum of 10gal but i highly recommend a 20 gal long and adult females should be housed in a cage that measures 6 ft by 2ft by 3 ft (length,height,deep) males can b housed in a cage 4x2x2 at the minimum

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

Frozen thawed mice/rats same size as the girth of the thickest part of the snake should be offered with tongs just hang the mouse/rat above the snakes head. put the mouse/rat in a bowl of warm water till fully thawed

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Supplements are unnecessary because the snake gets calcium and other nutrients from the prey item

Maintenance:

You should disinfect with a safe product once a month and clean or change itís substrates and of course spot clean.and change the water every 2 days

Some Words on this Species:

Usually very sweet tempered but really depends on individuals and handleing.up to 10 ft in length(there have been plenty cases of them reachings lengths greater than 10ft)varies between sex females being largest.
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