Colombian Boa

Bruce - This big boy came from the surrender of a collection from an older gentleman in Charlotte. Some of his friends got adopted and some have stayed at the rescue for educational programs. Bruce is a rather large and very sweet boa who likes to give snug hugs.

Romeo - This guy was surrendered in early 2019 and came in with a respiratory infection. Since then he is on his 3rd bout of URI. He used to do events but was retired once his illness starting recurring. He is now considered a sanctuary animal and will be here under medical care for the rest of his life.
Common Name: Colombian Boa
Scientific Name: Boa constrictor imperator
Type: Boa
Diet: Carnivore
Average Life Span: 20 to 40 years
Size: Up to 10 feet in length
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern
Current Population Trend: Stable

About the Colombian Boa

The Colombian boa constrictor is the most widely kept boa constrictor in the pet industry (there are nine accepted subspecies of Boa constrictor, and many localities of some subspecies). Other common names include the common boa and red-tailed boa, although the true red-tailed boa is Boa constrictor constrictor, which is larger and found in countries including Suriname, Guyana, Peru and Brazil. Colombian boas have become popular due to being docile and having more “personality,” in that they seem to be more curious about their surroundings than some other snakes. Due to their potentially large size and lengthy life span, boas are best suited for moderate- and advanced-level keepers.

Boa constrictors are readily available in the pet industry, and many breeders specialize in Colombian boa morphs. They have been bred in captivity for decades.

Female Colombian boa constrictors may reach 10 feet in length, though this is rare for B. c. imperator, and the average adult size for females is usually 6 to 8 feet. Males are smaller, usually 5 to 7 feet in length.    

Life Span
Boas are very long-lived reptiles. There are documented cases of captive boas living longer than 40 years; however, the average captive life span is 20 to 30 years.

Boas 2 years old and younger should be fed one appropriately sized rodent every 7 to 10 days. Excessive feeding may lead to regurgitation, improper growth, and even premature death. Once boas near adulthood, they will thrive while being fed every 10 to 14 days.

Boa constrictors are usually very docile and tolerate handling very well. They often seem to enjoy being held and will seek out an area on your arm or shoulders and enjoy your body warmth. They may crawl around for a few minutes before hunkering down to grab some heat.

Source: Reptiles Magazine