The Halloween Amazon Tree Boa is a medium sized snake. An adult would require a minimum of a 90 x 45 x 90cm terrarium. The height provides opportunity for their arboreal habits, providing good exercise and enrichment into adulthood. Remember these are minimum requirements and extra space is always beneficial. For any arboreal snake it is essential that vivarium decor is strong and sturdy and may require construction of permanent fixtures such as a branch screwed into or fixed in with silicone into the side of the enclosure. It is also good to use a wide variety of rocks, logs, bark and foliage, to create a more natural setting and more for the snake to explore! Moving decor around every now and then keeps the environment stimulating. The substrate in your vivarium is closest to natural when in the form of a coco soil mixture such as Arcadia earth mix or Pro Rep bio life forest, this will help retain humidity. Other alternatives often include orchid bark which has similar properties.
Being a reptile, the Amazon Tree Boa will require heating, which comes best in the form of a basking bulb or ceramic - heat mats will not be sufficient for such a large and arboreal habitat. Any heat source will need attaching to the relevant thermostat, to ensure the safety of the animal and prevent over heating. A basking temperature of around 30C should be maintained during the day, with cooler areas around 22-25C - which will enable your snake to regulate properly. Temperatures can be monitored with accurate digital thermometers. During the night, you can allow your vivarium to drop to around 15C - this mimicking the drop in temperature that would naturally occur in the wild. Tree Boas would also naturally be exposed to UVB, and it is highly recommended that this be a feature in your vivarium. UVB will promote better general health and well being as well as create a more natural setting for your snake. Arcadia's T5 6% bulb is a great place to start (though the strength of the bulb is always enclosure height dependent). Any UVB will require replacing after around 6 - 12 months (lifespan also bulb and brand dependent) as after this period, the UV will no longer be emitted sufficiently even if it seems the bulb is still glowing. This bulb will be used in a 12 hour cycle, going off as the temperature drops to create suitable day/night periods.
The Amazon Tree Boa requires high humidity of about 60 - 80% - which should be easily reached with good substrate choices and misting. You will mist according to the readings of an accurate digital hygrometer to ensure this humidity isn't exceeded which can become detrimental to the snake. It is also very beneficial to provide a large water dish or pool area, so that you snake can not only remain hydrated, but can bathe sufficiently; a great benefit to the skin particularly during shedding. This dish will need cleaning frequently to prevent bacteria build up and ensure you snake doesn't become ill.
The Amazon Tree Boa is a carnivorous species and will only feed on other animals. In captivity, meals will come in the form of rodents. Prey items will grow with your snake and so when young the main diet will be in the form of small rats or mice. As you boa grows into an adult, larger items can be fed, although it is essential that the weekly feeding rota isn't continued. At this point - your boa wont need as much protein for growth and weekly feeding on large meals can cause obesity. A rota of every few weeks, depending on the meal, is far better at keeping your snake in weight. Food should be defrosted and preferably warm before being provided to the snake on tweezers. Handling should then be avoided for at least 48 hours to reduce the risk of regurgitation.
Swell SuperStore Halloween Amazon Tree Boa
- Current Age/Size - 3 - 3.5 ft approx
- Adult Expected Size - 5 - 6 ft
- Habitat - Throughout South American rain forests. Arboreal
- Required Enclosure Size - 90 x 45 x 90cm arboreal terrarium
- UV Lighting - UVI 2 - 3 (T5 6% - depending on the height of the enclosure)
- Expected Lifespan - 20 - 25 Years
- Temperature Gradient - 22 - 30C
- Humidity Levels - 60 - 80%
- Feeding - Carnivorous - frozen food such as rats, mice
- Handling - Often snappy, and enthusiastic 'feeding response'. Taming may provide a challenge. Not to be handled 48 hours after feeding and when shedding.
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