Health & Diseases

Has your boa stopped eating? Is it acting different from normal? Are you worried that you might have a sick boa constrictor? Welcome to ReptiFiles’ table of contents for all things related to boa health. Click on any of the below topics to learn more.

In the wild, a sick or weakened snake is a prime target for predators, so they’ve had to become experts at pretending to be well. While this works in their native habitat, in captivity illness is often a sign that something about our care has gone wrong. So as a reptile owner, you must be extra diligent to observe and act upon changes in your snake that may indicate illness:

  • Weigh your boa weekly — sudden weight loss often indicates illness.
  • Keep a written record of weight, feeding habits, behavior, shedding, etc.
  • Prepare a reptile first-aid kit so you won’t be left scrambling if your boa becomes sick or injured.

If you’re looking for a reptile veterinarian near you, read our article, Finding the Reptile Vet of Your Dreams, and check out ARAV’s helpful Find a Vet tool (only applies to the US).

Boa Constrictor Health - sick boa x ray
X ray of a boa with Metabolic Bone Disease. A healthy skeleton appears bright white in x rays, but the bones of an animal with MBD will appear faded or almost invisible. Contributed by Marybeth Spencer.

Boa Health: Table of Contents

Disclaimer: I am not a reptile veterinarian, nor a reptile health expert. The contents of these pages are to be used as guidelines, not professional medical advice. If you have an emergency, call an experienced reptile veterinarian immediately.

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