Argentine rainbow boas (Epicrates Cenchria) are regarded as among the gorgeous snakes in the world. Not only can they display vivid orange and crimson coloration, but they also create an abundant quantity of Rainbow iridescences.
Microscopic ridges which this happening is caused by refracting light. Rainbow boas occupy a large geographical range such as South America and lower Central America. The rainbow boa group now (as of 2008) include five subspecies:
Only two subspecies are imported. Brazilian rainbows (E.C. Cenchria), and Colombian rainbows (E.C. Maurus) would be the most commonly preserved rainbow boas.
Rainbow Boa Availability
Rainbow Boas are easily available. They may be located at Exotic Pet stores, and in any neighborhood reptile show. Genetic Mutations (Morphs) can also be found, but they’re incredibly uncommon in collections and also come bearing a massive price tag.
Rainbow boas are created measuring roughly 8 to 12 inches. Adults attain an average period of 5 to 6 ft; girls tend to be somewhat larger than males in both length and girth.
How long can Rainbow Boa live?
With the correct care, captive rainbow boas on typical live 20+ years. There have been records of guys reproducing at age 24 years of age.
Housing for Rainbow Boa
Brazilian Rainbow Boas could be held in anything which ranges from simple vinyl tiles too big elaborate terrariums. The important components are a protected enclosure using a large water bowl and somewhere to hide.
Mature Rainbow Boas do best with 4-6 square feet of space. Infants can flourish in something as straightforward as a plastic shoe box/storage container. Brazilian Rainbow Boas fare nicely with some substrates which range from sphagnum peat moss, cypress paper, paper towels, craft paper, or newspaper.
The vital issue is to keep high humidity and the suitable temperature. In case you choose to utilize a glass cage or fish tank, then make sure you cover the very best to restrict dissipation of humid atmosphere and loss of warmth.
Lighting and Temperature for Rainbow Boa
The perfect temperatures for rainbow boas are a nighttime low of mid to low 70’s Fahrenheit and a daytime high in the mid to high 80’s F. A thermal gradient is also advised. This is simple to accomplish by using under tank heating pads, and or overhead lightings like heat lamps, or radiant heating panels.
Subspecies like freshwater rainbow (E.C. Cenchria) are more sensitive to high temperatures and shouldn’t be in protracted temperatures over 90 F (unless becoming a gravid female). Colombian rainbow boas (E.C Maurus) tend to have a greater tolerance for high daytime temperatures, and reduced nighttime temperatures, so making this subspecies marginally easier to keep than the Brazilian.
I strongly advise having a thermostat to regulate appropriate temperatures. By employing a thermostat, you can make sure your enclosure won’t ever be too hot, or too cold, and has turned out to be an essential tool to make optimum breeding conditions.
The key to possessing your rainbow boa “glow” is mild. A very low wattage fluorescent lighting mounted overhead will offer a gorgeous rainbow display for your snake. Rainbow boas are mostly nocturnal, and so you may wish to be certain that your ambient lights turn off to get a nighttime cycle of 8-12 hours. Ambient lighting can also be vital for almost any live plants that you may use to decorate your terrarium.
Substrate for Rainbow Boa
The perfect substrate for rainbow boas is one who can resist moisture without breaking or casting. A few of those substrates consist of high-grade cypress mulch, coconut products like Zoo Med’s “Eco Earth,” and aquarium gravel.
The two sphagnum and green moss are a terrific way to visually enhance the appearance of your terrarium while providing additional moisture and increasing humidity. It’s also essential to offer some mask to your rainbow boa. I love to use big pieces of silk flats, or domed wooden conceal logs in my displays.
Food for Rainbow Boa
Rainbow boas are usually voracious eaters. In the wild, their diet includes small mammals, mammals, birds, birds, and even tiny lizards such as tegus (Tupinambis merianae). A version of their captive diet hasn’t been demonstrated to be required and may backfire in an all-rodent diet plan.
Water for Rainbow Boa
Proper humidity and available clean water are essential for maintaining a wholesome rainbow boa. Most rainbow boas flourish with humidity levels of 70+%.
Nevertheless, Colombian rainbows (C.C.Maurus) are proven to thrive in humidity levels as low as 50 percent. Dehydration and overheating will be the two most frequent causes of mortality in rainbow boas. Signs of dehydration include incomplete sheds, wrinkly dry scales, and regurgitation. A water supply large enough for the snake to soak in is critical, and ought to be changed regularly to prevent dirty stagnant water.
Handling and Temperament for Rainbow Boa
Brazilian Rainbow Boas become exceptional pets with mellow temperaments with routine treatment. Baby Rainbow Boas may be anxious and more likely to attack, but they’ll calm down with constant interaction.
Rainbow boas are usually docile and will withstand routine treatment. Nevertheless, neonates (infants) tend to be somewhat nippy for its first couple of months, assumingly a natural instinct for survival. However following a couple of meals and some time to adapt to the new environment they appear to tame and become excellent companions.