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Boa Constrictor Care

By: Dr. Steve Divers

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Feeding

Feeding is normally not a problem with boas unless the husbandry conditions are incorrect. In captivity they should be fed weaned mice (pinkies) that should never be bigger than the girth of the midbody of the snake to prevent the risk of regurgitation. It's also recommended to feed the animal prekilled rodents in order to prevent possible bites to the snake.

The growth rate of your boa will depend upon how many times you feed it and maintenance of proper temperature in the cage. As a general rule consider the following:

  • Up to three feet: Feed one or two mice every 5 to 7 days
  • Up to six feet: Feed one or two rats every 10 to 14 days
  • Adults: Feed four or five rats or one rabbit every 3 to 4 weeks

    The table above is only a handy guide. Use your own judgment whether your snake needs a bit more or less. As an attentive owner watch your snake for increased activity associated with hunger and searching for food. Fresh drinking water must be provided in a container large enough for the snake to bathe and changed frequently.

    Do not overfeed your boa. This may lead to obesity and can cause an early death.

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