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.
Scientific Name: Boa constrictor imperator
Average Life Span: 20 to 40 years
Size: Up to 10 feet in length
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern
Current Population Trend: Stable
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.
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.