The Red tailed boa is among the most common and well known species of snakes kept as pets. The common name Red tailed boa refers to one of many types of boas found throughout Central and South America. These snakes can grow to a large but manageable size and are recommended only for keepers willing to provide adequate space for adults. The friendly demeanor and attractive coloration have made the Red tailed boa one of the most sought after snakes in the hobby. These tropical snakes are commonly bred in captivity and we recommend purchasing captive bred animals only.
- Common Name: Red Tailed Boa
- Scientific Name: Boa constrictor
- Distribution: Central and South America
- Size: 3-10″
- Life Span: 15-25 years
- Neonates to juveniles (under 3’) can be housed in a 20-40 gallon terrarium.
- 40-60 gallon terrariums are an excellent choice for young boas.
- Adult Boas will need an enclosure that is no shorter than half the length of the snake. There are several cages commercially made to house adult boas. Minimal cage size for adults should be 4’ x 2’x 1’.
- A secure, lockable sliding-screen lid is essential for safely housing these snakes.