Colombian red tail boas are large, full-bodied snakes that are native to the Americas. They are not poisonous. They live in northwestern Colombia and Central America.
This snake is also known as the common boa, the Colombian boa, and the northern boa.
But you may also hear these snakes called Colombian red tail boa (or just Columbian red tail boa), especially in the pet trade.
The adults of the Colombian red tail are known for being long and wide. They need enclosures that are large and have lots of things to climb on and places to hide. The humidity needs to be between moderate and high.
As with most snakes, red tails eat meat and do well on a diet of mice, rats, rabbits, and other small mammals that are the right size for each stage of their lives.
Snakes are cold-blooded and need a change in temperature in their enclosure. In other words, one side of the tank should be warmer than the other. Between the two extremes, there should be a middle ground.
Colombian red tails and most other snakes don’t need special lighting. This is what makes them different from bearded dragons and most species of lizards.
Most of the time, your boa will be happy as long as its cage is kept in a room with a window that lets in natural light. The sun’s natural rise and fall should be enough to keep their day/night cycle in its natural rhythm.
Red-tailed boas in Colombia eat mice, rats, and other small animals. When they are young, boa imperators eat mice. As they get bigger, they move on to rats, gerbils, hamsters, chicks, and maybe even rabbits and guinea pigs. The size of the snake’s meal depends on how wide its body is.
Boas shouldn’t be given food that is bigger than the thickest part of their bodies. A good-sized prey item should leave a lump in the snake that can be felt, but the lump should go away in 24 to 48 hours.
Most snake keepers feed young snakes once a week. When the snake gets older and starts eating bigger animals, the number of times it is fed drops to once or twice a month.
Some keepers, on the other hand, only feed their adult boas once a week. The food they give them is usually a bit smaller so that the snake doesn’t get too fat.
People do sometimes eat too much. If your snake hasn’t had time to finish digesting its last meal before you give it another, you’re probably giving it too much food.
Most of the time, it’s better to feed captive snakes frozen thawed prey (FT) instead of live prey. This is, of course, a matter of taste, but it’s important to remember that there are risks to feeding live prey, like the rat or mouse hurting your snake.
Adults can be anywhere from 6 to 10 feet long and weigh up to 30 pounds. Males are usually smaller than females, so you can be sure that any Colombian red tails you see that are 10 feet long are probably females.
But the snake’s size can also be affected by what it eats. Snakes that are fed more often will grow bigger than those that are fed less, especially while they are still growing.
Boa constrictors could live for a long time. On average, they might be around 20 years old. Most of the time, captive boas live 10 to 15 years longer than wild ones.
Even though each snake is different, most people agree that Colombian red tail boas are friendly and would make great pets.
As long as they have been socialized and are used to being held, they are usually slow to attack and very calm when being handled.
Sexing Your Columbian Red Tail Boa
You can ask for a male or female snake (or any combination of the two) when you order, but we can’t promise which one you’ll get. But we can promise that someone with a lot of experience with reptiles will try to pick out the snake(s) you want.
Shipping Your Columbian Red Tail Boa
When you buy a Columbian Red Tail Boa from us, we promise that it will arrive alive and well, or your money back. Before you order, please read the details of our guarantee.
Because we sell reptiles, amphibians, tarantulas, and scorpions online in a responsible way, we reserve the right to delay your order if the weather is too bad. This happens very rarely. This is only done to keep the animal(s) safe, and if it does happen, you will be notified by email.
Colombian Red Tail Boa FAQs
Can Colombian Red Tails Eat Cats/Dogs?
Technically, a very large Colombian red tail boa could eat a family dog or cat, but these kinds of mammals aren’t usually thought of as food. Most snakes eat rodents, small mammals, other snakes, and sometimes even eggs. They don’t eat dogs and cats.
But keep in mind that a snake big enough to eat the dog could do it if it was really hungry.
Since Colombian red tail boas are not poisonous, they are not dangerous in that way. Even so, they are very big snakes that can kill prey that is bigger than them by suffocating it. This is what makes them potentially dangerous.
Still, a well-trained red tail is probably not going to hurt you or your family.
Do Colombian Red Tail Boas Bite?
Boa imperators can bite. Their teeth are very sharp and can easily cut through skin. Lucky for us, they don’t bite unless they see something that looks like food or if they feel threatened.
Will My Colombian Red Tail Boa Stop Grow if It’s in a Small Enclosure?
If you keep a Colombian red tail boa in a cage that is too small, it will not stop growing. No matter how big the cage is, the snake will continue to grow.