Additional Resources

Further Reading

  • — Very informative site with extensive information on the different species of the Boa genus. Sebastian Holch, one of the site’s authors, was an invaluable contributor to this guide. The authors breed boas, and this is one of the only places where you can get some of the rarest boas in the world.
  • — Another very informative site on the different Boa species and subspecies. The author of this site also breeds boas.
  • Boa Imperator – Beyond the Obsession — (Facebook group) Advancing Herpetological Husbandry-affiliated group for boa keepers. This is the best boa care group you’re going to find, and the files are very good.
  • Crispy Snakes — (blog) Great breeder with great info. Also a great place to go if you’re looking for purebred locales and BC subspecies!
  • Reptile Knowledge — Collection of articles on the ins and out of boa care.
  • The More Complete Boa Constrictor by Vincent Russo — (book)
  • Vida Preciosa International — Quick guide to caring for Boa imperator from an experienced breeder’s perspective. Lots of great info on pattern variation for this species.

Scientific Research

Cardozo, G., & Chiaraviglio, M. (2011). Phenotypic plasticity of life history traits in relation to reproductive strategies in Boa constrictor occidentalis. Evolutionary Ecology, 5, 1163–1177.
Holding, Matthew L., et al. “Wet- and Dry-Season Steroid Hormone Profiles and Stress Reactivity of an Insular Dwarf Snake, the Hog Island Boa (Boa Constrictor Imperator).Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, no. 3, University of Chicago Press, May 2014, pp. 363–73. Crossref, doi:10.1086/675938.

Loc Barragán, Jesús & Ramírez-Silva, Juan Pablo. (2016). Natural Notes. Boa Sigma. Diet.. 3(4). 1015-1017.


Boa Constrictor Care Manual:

  1. Introduction to Boa Constrictors
  2. Members of the Boa Genus
  3. Boa Constrictor Shopping List — Supplies You Will Need
  4. How to Select and Buy a Pet Boa
  5. How Big Should Your Boa’s Enclosure Be?
  6. Lighting & UVB Requirements
  7. Temperature Requirements
  8. Humidity Requirements
  9. What Kind of Substrate Should You Use?
  10. Tips for Decorating Your Boa’s Enclosure
  11. What Do Boa Constrictors Eat?
  12. How to Handle Your Pet Boa Constrictor
  13. What to Do When Your Boa Gets Sick
  14. Additional Resources

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