Rosy Boa Care
Rosy Boa Care – Rosy Boa snakes are amazing pets, they originate from the American South West. They grow to a maximum of about 45 inches. Females grow to about an average of 42 inches and the males up to 45 inches.
VERY PLACID AND CALM
The main reason they make great pets is that they are very placid and calm. You can even pick up a wild one without having any aggression problems from them. They rarely bite, the only time they might nip you is if they think you are food.
I had one once that thought they could eat me – this obviously could not happen as they are tiny. But once they get used to you this won’t be an issue. – Rosy Boa Care
I often say get an enclosure that the snake can comfortably go around without being too cramped in. One the best enclosures to get would be the (clicking this link will take you to Amazon) Exo Terra Outback Terrariums. The 24″ x 18″ x 12 enclosures are great for the adult Rosy Boa snakes. – Rosy Boa Care
A very important thing to remember when keeping a Rosy Boa is making sure they have enough ventilation. The Rosy Boa snakes do not do well with humidity.
These snakes thrive in the desert regions, therefore humidity does not do well with them. Too much humidity can ultimately kill these snakes.- Rosy Boa Care
THE SNAKE LITTER/SUBSTRATE
The best snake litter or substrate to use with this snake is the (click to go to Amazon) Zilla Snake and Lizard Litter.
COOLER AND WARMER SIDES
These snakes like many other pet snakes need a warmer and cooler side of the tank. The warmer side needs to be 90-95 degrees and the cooler side must be 70-80. This thermal regulation will help keep the snake healthy and will help them thrive.- Rosy Boa Care
THE ROSY BOA AND WATER
A small water dish will do. The best way to give them water is to take the water out a day before they feed.
You can then return the water two days after they have fed. Some Rosy Boas might drink too much water. This will cause the snake to regurgitate.
Some people have told me they prefer to keep a small water dish inside the enclosure. Just make sure that you keep the water clean. Do not add too much water as this might cause the humidity to become too much.- Rosy Boa Care
THE HIDE AREA
There is a huge variety of snake hides available but my favorite has to be this one Exo Terra Snake Cave. You do not even need to purchase one as you can use any old container.
If you do not want to purchase one you can also just use ceramic pots.
Just smoothen it out and make the entrance. This has worked well for me with many of my pet snakes. Even a PVC pipe will work well, just as long as the snake can hide away and feel secure.- Rosy Boa Care
ROCKS AND STICKS
Then you must and some rocks and sticks. This will make the enclosure feel more like home to them. Almost like furniture for you snake. The sticks and rocks will also aid them with their shedding.
Rosy Boa snakes love mice. The best supply of frozen rats would be from Amazon, see this link: UGRodents 50-Pack Frozen Fuzzy Mice. These snakes usually will take frozen thawed mice from birth. Obviously, you will have to take their size into consideration. You won’t be able to feed a massive mouse to a baby snake. So make sure you look at purchasing the correct one.
If they struggle to take on a frozen-thawed mouse you can also give them a live mouse. Preferably a baby mouse as an adult mouse can injure the snake.- Rosy Boa Care
HOW BIG CAN THE MOUSE OR RAT BE?
The size of the mouse or rat must be the same girth size as the snakes. You must work on the thickest part of the snake to get the accurate girth.
The one above will be fed a fuzzy mouse.
HOW OFTEN DO I FEED THE ROSY BOA
You can feed the snake every five days or so. This all depends on how much weight they are. There is no magic formula for this. Each animal will differ though as some might be more hungry.- Rosy Boa Care
1 YEAR OLD
When they are about one year old you can start feeding them every seven days. This once again all depends on their weight.
ONCE THEY ARE AN ADULT
Once they are an adult you can feed them every 10-14 days. Remember to up the meal sizes from small mice to a Hopper Mouse. You do not want to feed them an adult mouse as this can be too much. Feeding them too much can cause them to regurgitate. You can then feed them more than one Hopper Mouse per meal.
ROSY BOA FACTS
THEY LOVE EATING
This snake must be one of the easiest snakes to feed. They have amazing appetites and it does not take much for them to gollip down that mouse. This makes this snake very easy to have as a pet snake for beginners. The Rosy Boa can even be handled while feeding without them dropping their food. Most Rosy Boa snakes will enjoy a thawed from frozen mouse. This is if they are used to them.- Rosy Boa Care
THE ROSY BOA DOES NOT LIKE HEAT
The Rosy Boa snake enjoys hiding from the extreme summer sun. They do not enjoy getting too hot and will hide behind rocks and in hidden places to hide away. They are also most active during the night time, this is when they are out looking for a fresh belly full.
THE ROSY BOA DOES NOT LIKE TOO MUCH WATER
This snake prefers to get thirstier than its other brother and sister snakes. They prefer only having water in their enclosure every second day.
THE ROSY BOA IS SIMILAR TO THE SKUNK
When the Boa feels threatened the snake will let off a smell. The smell is a musky smell that is supposed to repel any threats towards it. This amazing fact makes it similar to the skunk. The musky smell is not that strong. That is why I do not think it is such a great defense tool.
THEY CAN BE HANDLED EVEN WHILE EATING
The Rosy Boa snakes love eating so much that nothing can distract them. I have held my Rosy Boa on many occasions without the snake even stressing. Other snakes will stop eating if they get handled.- Rosy Boa Care
THEY ARE NATIVE TO THE STATES
These Boas are one of a few of the Boa breed that is native to the US. They mainly live in the southern parts of the United States. These snakes vary in color, depending on where they live.
The Rosy Boa is a great pet, this can easily be the best snake to get for any beginner. This is because they are super easy to look after. They eat easy and do not require any humidity levels to stay healthy.
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