The Red Tail Boa Constrictor is the most common of all Boas. This snake is found from South Mexico to Central Argentina. Besides, the snake is highly available on the pet market, and there is hardly a snake lover in Americas not having a Boa Constrictor in his or her home. These snakes enjoy enviable popularity because they are not venomous and relatively docile. However, they are quite large and hence they can be hard to handle for inexperienced people.
Red Tail Boa Constrictors may enjoy handling, providing you do it properly. If you have just purchased a snake, you should not be surprised if it appears slightly inadequate for the first couple of days. Any change in living place is a huge stress for a snake. Different snakes show different signs of stress. Some species may refuse to take food or look lethargic, while others may exhibit agitation or aggression. In the latter case, the best thing you can do for both you and your new pet is to leave it alone for a while. At the same time, you should do your utmost to provide comfortable conditions for your snake.
Constricting snakes are a diverse group, comprising about 30 species, and some of them make good pets. However, each species has its own care requirements, so there are species that can be hard for inexperienced snake owners to handle. Wild caught Red Tail Boa Constrictors are less tamable, so it is better to purchase a captive-bred snake. Captive-bred species are more predictable in behavior and are easier to train. They are less exposed to stress and get used to new environments faster.
Red Tail Boa Constrictors are the most widely spread snakes in Americas, because they are not picky about environment they live in. They can be found in deserts, savannahs, woodlands, cultivated fields, etc. These snakes are quite large, measuring about 8-10 ft in length, so they can kill large game. They feed on rodents, bats, rabbits, raccoons, mongoose, opossums, etc. Captive Red Tail Boas should be fed with rats, mice and rabbits. These snakes are tan or pink in color, with patterns of black or dark brown crossbands. However, captive-bred Red Tail Boa Constrictors are more diverse in color due to efforts by herpetoculturists.
Boa Constrictors, like other Boids, kill prey by striking and wrapping around the victim’s body and squeezing it to the point of suffocation. The larger the snake, the larger the prey. Therefore, large constrictor species can be potentially dangerous to humans. Large pythons are known to have killed humans in their natural way. Studies have defined the safety threshold for constricting snakes – 8 ft. All snakes measuring over 8 ft should be regarded with great caution and due safety measures. As we can see, the Red Tail Boa Constrictor is long enough to pose threat to humans, so this snake is definitely not for beginners.