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Phyllomedusa bicolor
Phyllomedusa bicolor

Care Sheet

Brazilian Rainbow Boa (Epicrates cenchria cenchria)


Common names: Brazilian Rainbow Boa

Size: 1.5-1.8m (5-6ft) is average, however exceptionally large specimens can exceed 2.1m (7ft).

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 (31-25°C).

Humidity: Medium to High. A light-misting daily is recommended. A damp moss hide can be included to aid the Rainbow Boa in shedding. Water needs to be changed everyday.

Housing: 120x60x45 (4ft) 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 wooden vivariums 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:

  • Ensure the animal cannot burn itself with the correct fitting of the heat source and protecting it with a guard.
  • Choose the appropriate wattage for the size enclosure. This can help further reduce the risk burns and overheating (it can also help save energy!)
  • Always using an appropriate thermostat. (Refer to Thermostat Guide)

Substrate: Orchid bark is a widely used medium for keeping Boa constrictors on.. Unprinted newspaper is perfect as a hygienic flooring, although it does need to be changed quite regularly.

Diet: Defrosted mice and rats.

Natural Distribution: Brazil.

Things to note: Brazilian Rainbow Boas get their name from the impressive iridescence of their skin.