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B·O·A Constrictor Snakes

Boa Snakes are common in the Americas, and there are larger population groups in Central and South America. Boas dwell in various habitats, such as deserts, rainforests, savannahs, etc. For this reason, Boa Snakes are very diverse in color and size. In the warmer areas, Boa Snakes are active year round, and they are usually less active in cooler climates.


Boa Constrictor Snakes

Boa Constrictor Snakes belong to the Boidae family, and they are common to the Americas. However, this family also includes pythons that can be found in the Old World. The term “constrictor” is due to their natural manner of killing prey by wrapping around it and squeezing it to the point of suffocation. Boa Constrictor Snakes are not venomous.

Boa Constrictor Snakes have a different anatomy than other snakes. They have two lungs (other snakes have one lung) and two rudimentary hind limbs, which proves their genetic kinship to lizards. There are about 30 Boa species found in the Americas, and they vary in size, color and life mode: they can be arboreal, burrowing or terrestrial, depending on the habitat.

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Boa Constrictor Snakes - Health

Boa Constrictors in captivity can suffer from many diseases: mites and ticks in the skin, worms in the gut, bacteria, and viruses. If the snake refuses food for a long time, it might be ill. Digestive problems are easy to treat when caught early. Respiratory infections, characterized by open mouthed breathing and bubbling nostrils, are cured by simply raising the temperature. Fleas are removed by good cleaning. Snake mites are very small and hard to see, they can be killed with special treatment.

Breeding Boa Constrictors requires coping with their natural conditions: a seasonal day/night light cycle, winter cooling, misting, and many others. Timing is crucial for reproduction. Although captive breeding is encouraged, it's very difficult and requires more dedication than simply keeping a few snakes.

Well-fed Boa Constrictors shed once a month or every 2-3 months. Shedding is a result of growth, and if your snake doesn't shed often, it's not eating enough. The process of shedding continues for about 4 days. First the Boa's eyes are clouded over, then the eyes clear and a few days later the skin is removed. The snake rubs on something until the skin on the nose comes loose, then the skin is hung on something and pulled off. If the skin comes off in lots of pieces, the humidity is too low. Boa Constrictors remove unshed skin by soaking in water.

Boa Constrictor

The Boa Constrictor is the most renowned boidae species, which inhabits large territories with diverse conditions from South Mexico to central Argentina. It is about 6-9 ft long, and has light skin with characteristic diamond markings. This snake, like all boidae, kills prey by coiling around it and applying its great muscle strength until the victim stops breathing.

As Boa Constrictors do okay in various habitats, they can be both terrestrial and arboreal. They feed on large lizards, rodents, birds, opossums, bats, mongooses, squirrels, etc. Boa Constrictors prefer to hunt during night hours, so they rely on their heat-sensitive scales to locate prey. These snakes are very adept at catching bats.

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Boa Constrictors can be used as pets. However, they have a specific temperament, and hence they are not recommended for beginners. Boa Constrictors are quite large for apartment life, and they require daily care and special feeding. It is very important to keep a Boa Constrictor satisfied with its food in order to prevent it from mistaking your hand, head or leg for prey. Captive snakes usually eat rats and mice, but as large a snake as the Boa Constrictor may require as large a game as a rabbit. Needless to say, you must take your time and study the species, housing, feeding and handling requirements and, most important, make sure you really want a snake in your house. It is absolutely vital for a Boa Constrictor to enjoy safety and freedom of action in its enclosure, so it should feature numerous facilities for your snake to hide, play and rest and must provide a due amount of space.


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