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Feeding your boa

Snake Boa Constrictor Imperator Young AnimBoa constrictors are nonpoisonous snakes endemic to Central and South America. They are extremely big, with males measuring 6 to 8 ft and females measuring 8 to 10 feed.

There are several factors to take into account when feeding boa constrictors in captivity.

The dimensions of your boa will determine size and type of prey it can consume. Young boas should eat baby or small young rats, or rabbits, while full-grown boas can consume huge rats, little cows and compact rabbits that are frozen particularly for the purpose of feeding wildlife in captivity. Make sure that the size of the prey is not any bigger than the widest point of the boa’s midsection.

Never feed your boa live food as it might cause your snake to become aggressive. In addition, the prey may escape or injury your boa. Never feed your snake wild animals. Wild animals may carry parasites or bacteria. Only feed your snake prey which were raised in sterile environments and fed organic diets that guarantee your pet will not get contaminated with bacteria or parasites.

Prey animals are suspended when you get them. Make sure the prey is thawed out and slightly warm (can use boiling water). Dangle the prey before the snake with tongs. Ensure that you wash your hands after feeding your boa. To keep your boa from accidentally consuming substrate from its habitat, it is suggested that you move your boa into another container when feeding.

Large boas (6 months old and older) can graduate into pre-killed adult mice, rats, chicks and finally rabbits (1-2 times a month.) Remember don’t feed prey that is larger than the widest portion of the snake.

The size of the prey is obviously significant, but the frequency of feeding is equally important. You need to give your boa enough time to properly digest each meal before attempting to feed it again. This works out to a feeding schedule to each 7 to 12 days.

Proper feeding your boa constrictor is very important. Only feed prey that’s from a company who sells prey animals for reptiles in captivity. Remember, make sure not to feed prey that is too large for your snake as it may choke. Go here for more information.


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