4-6 ft average (7 ft max)
? yrs average
humid rainforests (Mehrtens)
large (4 x 2) cage, hide box, sturdy branches for climbing;
large waterbowl for drinking and soaking; requires high relative humidity
-> mist daily
DT 84-86, bask88-95F
incandescent for heat
appropriately sized mice, rats, rabbits
Ross, M.D., Richard and Marzec, Gerald (1990) The Reproductive Husbandry
of Pythons and Boas. Institute for Herpetological Research, PO Box 2227,
Stanford, CA 94305.
Mehrtens, John M. (1987) Living Snakes of the World. Sterling Publishing
Co., Inc. New York.
de Vosjoli, P. (1990) The General Care and Mai tenance of Red-Tailed Boas.
Advanced Vivarium Systems, Lakeside, CA.
Sex chromosomes have been identified (Mengden & Stock, 1980, Chromosoma
most seriously inbred of boids in private collections (inbreeding depression)
some lines increased susceptibility to respiratory infections, some dont
reach expected adult size
endangered list since 1977 part of Species Survival Plan (SSP) -> genetic
management of endangered species
on Madagascar, while locally abundant, threatened with habitat loss by
gestation 6 to 8 months, litter size 1 to 21
sexually mature 4-5 yr; 3-4 yr