Common names: Common Boa Constrictor
Size: 180-240cm is average, however exceptionally large specimens can exceed 300cm.
Age: 15-20 years is average, however, this species have been known to live up to 25 years.
Difficulty: Low, they make good pets due to moderate size and relatively easy husbandry.
Temperature: Ambient of 80-85°f (26-30°C) with a hot spot of 88-95°f (31-35°C)
Humidity: Medium to High. So a light-misting daily is recommended. A damp moss hide should be included to aid the Boa in shedding. Water needs to be changed everyday.
Housing: 150x60x45 (5ft) is perfectly adequate for an average adult Boa constrictors. Small plastic enclosures such as breeder boxes and small faunariums are suitable for hatchling and juvenile Boa constrictors.
Heating: Dependent on what enclosures you are heating. Plastic enclosures can be heated using heat mats, whereas a wooden vivarium or similar housing should be space-heated using bulbs, ceramic heaters or heat plates.
The three most important things to remember when heating any enclosure are:
Substrate: Orchid bark is a widely used medium for keeping Boa constrictors on. However, Aspen and wood chip can also be used. Unprinted newspaper is perfect as a neutral flooring, although it does need to be changed quite regularly.
Diet: Defrosted rats, and large boas will eat defrosted rabbits
Natural Distribution: Central and South America
Things to note: There are many other subspecies of boa constrictor available, many of which have different husbandry requirements.