Boa Shopping List

For your convenience, we have put together a list of supplies that ReptiFiles personally recommends for the health of your new pet red-tailed boa, 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.

Approximate cost before prey or red-tailed boa 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 ARAV-certified 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: Finding the Reptile Vet of Your Dreams.

Red-Tailed Boa Starter Kit/Supplies List - boa posing on balcony
Contributed by Crispy Snakes

Downloadable Shopping List

Do you prefer to have a physical shopping list in hand as you peruse your favorite independently-owned pet shop? We like shopping lists too, so we made one that you can either pull up on your phone or print out:


Wondering why you need all this stuff? Why we chose what we did? Keep reading! ↓


Red-Tailed Boa Care Guide:

  1. Introduction to Boas
  2. Members of the Boa Genus
  3. Red-Tailed Boa Shopping List & Starter Kit ← YOU ARE HERE
  4. How to Select and Buy a Pet Boa
  5. Enclosure Size
  6. Lighting & UVB Requirements
  7. Temperature Requirements
  8. Humidity Requirements
  9. Substrate Options
  10. Enclosure Decor & Environmental Enrichment
  11. Feeding Your Boa
  12. Taming & Handling Tips
  13. Common Illnesses & Other Health Information
  14. Additional Resources