For your convenience, we have put together a list of supplies that ReptiFiles personally recommends for the health of your new pet boa constrictor, as well as your own peace of mind. In other words, we did the shopping for you!
Click the link for each item below to see which specific products we recommend. And just so you know, this page does contain some affiliate links, but using them won’t cost you a penny extra.
- 48”L x 24”W x 24”T front-opening enclosure
- 22″ 5.0 T5 HO UVB bulb
- 24″ T5 HO UVB fixture
- 90w halogen flood heat bulbs, x2 (required wattage may vary)
- Dual lamp fixture
- Power strip with programmable digital timer
- Plug-in lamp dimmers, x2
- Sphagnum moss
- Leaf litter
- Extra large water bowl
- Hides/caves (at least 2)
- Climbing branches
- Other enrichment items: plants, cork logs, etc.
- Infrared thermometer
- Digital thermometer/hygrometer
- Calcium supplement w/low D3
- Multivitamin supplement w/retinol
- Appropriately-sized frozen rodents or Reptilinks (meat only)
- 12” feeding tweezers
- Snake hook
Approximate cost before prey or boa constrictor purchase: $680 USD
Keep in mind that everything should be purchased and set up BEFORE you get the snake. This will save you a lot of stress, and does your new pet a big favor, too.
We also recommend finding an experienced reptile veterinarian in your area. It’s always better to do a little bit of research when nothing’s wrong than to find yourself in a panic when your pet gets sick. Start here: The ReptiFiles Reptile Vet Directory.
Wondering why you need all this stuff? Why we chose what we did? Keep reading! ↓
Boa Constrictor Care Guide:
- Introduction to Boa Constrictors
- Members of the Boa Genus
- Boa Constrictor Shopping List — Supplies You Will Need
- How to Select and Buy a Pet Boa
- How Big Should Your Boa’s Enclosure Be?
- Lighting & UVB Requirements
- Temperature Requirements
- Humidity Requirements
- What Kind of Substrate Should You Use?
- Tips for Decorating Your Boa’s Enclosure
- What Do Boa Constrictors Eat?
- How to Handle Your Pet Boa Constrictor
- What to Do When Your Boa Gets Sick
- Additional Resources