Species information


Common boa

Boa Constrictor imperator


Common Boa


Common name

Common boa

Scientific name

Boa Constrictor imperator




The colour of the common boa is variable, generally a cream to brown background with a brighter, redder tail. A dark stripe runs from the jaw to the eye. The snake is decorated with hourglass-like shapes running along the body.



Central America, Northern Mexico to the north of the Amazon Basin.


Adult size

6-12ft, averaging at 8-10ft.


Approx lifespan

20 or more years in captivity.


REcomended vivarium size

A 5x2x3ft vivarium should be considered the minimum for a single adult common boa.


Basic set up type

Dry rainforest type with a large water source for soaking. These boas are known for their good climbing ability so a variety of climbing perches should be provided.



Rodents and rabbits when older for the Common Boa.


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