How Do You Care For A Red-Tailed Boa Constrictor?
Owning a boa constrictor often seems cool or neat when first started, but the excitement quickly wears off. The constrictor can grow to over 10 feet long and weigh more than 50 pounds by age two. It also requires a lot of attention and care. If you can handle the commitment, owning a red-tailed boa constrictor may be right for you. Start out with a 20-gallon aquarium with a locking screen lid for your snake’s first year of life. The minimum size for an adult boa is at least 8 square feet of floor space. The cage must also be very sturdy because snakes are very strong and natural escape artists. Spread a thin layer of substrate on the bottom of the enclosure. Newspaper, mulch and fir bark all make great substrates. Substrates like pine shavings or gravel should not be used because of the risk of accidental ingestion. Maintain a thermal gradient for your snake’s enclosure that ranges from 80 degrees F at one end of the tank to 95 degrees F at the other end. This is easily achieved using