We know how it is when the entire universe is conspiring against your wishes.
Like for instance, when you stride in confidently into a pet store where you know the guy particularly well!
You have seen the most beautiful snake in the whole world at a friend’s, and now you cannot get it out of your mind. You research on it and realize that it is called a rainbow boa! Oh, of course, a snake so beautiful has to have that name!!
But your friend, this pet store owner, does not agree that you, as a novice, should take it home! Woes!!
Why the Rainbow Boa is not a beginner snake
Now, if you have encountered all this and sound like déjà vu, here are the reasons a lot many people think why the rainbow boa is not exactly a beginner’s snake.
- Breeders who specialize in rainbow boas believe that is an intermediate snake, and a lot of care and caution go into rearing it.
- They are not very suitable for very young children
- They are not ideal for uncaged pets because they can devour them.
- They require much higher humidity than other snakes
But ask us, and we will wholeheartedly recommend them to you. If you are interested even after being given out such unsolicited advisories from someone whom you thought was a friend (who wants enemies anymore huh!). Do some research and then think over if it is really what you want and will you be able to commit yourself to this lovely one for a minimum of twenty years.
We know you will nod back a yes emphatically.
Contrary to popular opinion, rainbow boas are relatively easy to manage. We don’t know why breeders have created such an aura of difficulty around it. Okay! They do have aggressive traits in the beginning, but it is only a matter of time that they come over their nippiest phase and begin trusting their keeper.
The beauties are foodies and have a healthy food response. But it is okay because, at an estimated length of 6 to 7 feet, they’d be still manageable.
And now to bust their most persuasive arguments!
Higher humidity can be artificially created and managed with proper ventilation, a medium to large-sized (commensurating with the size of the cage) water bowl, a damp, wet box, et al. After all, where there is a will to keep it, there is a rainbow boa!! What say?
In pursuance it is best to set up its cage first
If you have finally bought the boa from your friend’s store, make sure that you have enough time back home to set up its cage first. This will ensure that the temperature and humidity are maintained even before the haloed inmate graces it.
Important: bringing a snake home means a lot of responsibility. Now we all know that a big step like that is taken after several deliberations.
Over time, however, if ever you feel that you are unwilling to take it further or unable for reasons best known, it is better to give it up to someone who will take it responsibly further. It is quite hearting aching to see abandoned pets.
Rainbow Boas are famous for their myriad colors
Breeders will mostly sell boas as babies than adults. As juveniles, they may be in deep crimson or saffron colors. But do not worry, the actual colors blossom only when they mature at 18 and 24 months. As a rule, brightly colored babies grow up its strikingly beautiful, brightly colored adults. They are going to be the cynosure of all eyes; you wait and see!
To gauge the color of your snakes, it is a great idea to ask the breeder to show you pictures of its parents or the others in its litter. That will be able to give you a good idea about how your baby is going to turn out to be!
Morphs and the skyrocketing prices!
As if the rainbow boa is in itself not pretty enough, some breeders come out with hundreds of its morphs. We, for one, love it the way it is naturally, but of course, you will be spoilt for choice. It typically sells in a range of $200. Morphs can go up to any fancy four figures!
Handling the Rainbow Boa
If your pet boa looks inactive or sickly, raise concerns with the breeder or take it to the vet if necessary. Avoid feeding the snake for a week to let it adapt to its new surroundings and to alleviate its stress levels. The best time to handle the snake after a week is in the day in a very well lit room. Gently slide hands under its belly away from its mouth and pick it up.
Rainbow Boa Food
The best time to feed the boa is in the dark. Feed rodents like a frozen and thawed mouse or freshly killed mice. Hang it on a hook and dangle it in front of the snake. If the snake is hungry, it will strike at it even in the darkness. If it is not responding, rub the rodent near its nose vents. Leave it in the cage overnight. The morning next, it may be well through digestion, ha-ha!
If your pet boa is not accepting food, it must be shedding, or there is a chance that the temperature and humidity are not right. If it’s shedding, let it get over it because snakes can go without food for weeks. If the moisture is not okay per your hygrometer, set it right with a damp box and some fresh, clean water. You could mist the cage also once in a while to maintain ideal humidity.
Shedding can be a stressful time for the boas
If you find it not accepting any food or its color dulling, and mostly its underbelly turning slightly pinkish, take a step back. Your boa needs a bit of space. In the time, it may rub itself on the cage, and you will see some of its skin falling off. In a few days, you have the brightest bright, aww so beautiful rainbow boa staring at you. Now, where exactly did you put that camera!!