Species information


Red-tailed boa

Boa constrictor constrictor


Common name

Red-tailed boa

Scientific name

Boa constrictor constrictor




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



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.



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


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