Species information

 

Red-tailed boa

Boa constrictor constrictor

 

Common name

Red-tailed boa

Scientific name

Boa constrictor constrictor

Family

Boidae

Appearance

Red tailed boas are very similar to the common boa constrictor, the tail however is a more pronounced red colour.

 

Locality

Central and Northern South America to the east of the Andes Mountain range.

 

Adult size

6-12ft, with 8-10 being average.

 

Approx lifespan

20 years or more in captivity.

 

REcomended vivarium size

5x2x3ft should be considered the minimum for adults.

 

Basic set up type

Dry rainforest type with a large water source for soaking, these boas are known for their good climbing ability therefore carefully secured climbing perches should be provided.

 

Diet

Rodents and rabbits when older for the Red-tailed Boa.

 

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