Additional Resources

Further Reading

  • Boa-C-Constrictor.de — 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.
  • Boa-Constrictors.com — Another very informative site on the different Boa species and subspecies. The author of this site also breeds boas.
  • Boa Constrictor Keepers — (Facebook group) Friendly but frank community of knowledgeable boa keepers. Quick to answer questions, 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10682-011-9465-y

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

Warwick, C., Arena, P., & Steedman, C. (2019). Spatial considerations for captive snakes. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 37–48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2018.12.006
 

Boa Constrictor Care Guide:

  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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