care sheet address the specific needs of a newly arrived baby
Brazilina Rainbow Boa.
For additional info please see my overall Brazilian Rainbow Boa caresheet.
has just undergone a stressful experience. Stuffed in a bag or
deli cup, packed in a box, most likely NOT at optimal temps,
bounced around for some time and now in your hands.
understandable you want to get him/her/them out and start
handling, itís really best that you interact as little
possible. Absolutely, check the baby over and ensure nothing
appears wrong. That it is what you were expecting etc. But try
to keep handling to a minimum. You should already have the
enclosure(s) set up and stabilized prior to allowing your new
rainbow boa(s) to be shipped so put him/her/them in the new
best right around 80 degrees. Maybe one or two degrees higher
if there is a good temp gradient. Several degrees lower at the
cool end - around 75. DO NOT let the temps reach or go over 85
as those temps without escape can be lethal!!
Brazilian Rainbow Boas
are from a very humid part of the world. They NEED high
humidity when they are little, above 70%. I admit, I do not
measure humidity, I do provide a humid cage always though. My
babies thrive in a very simple set-up - Small shoebox size
plastic drawer rack with NO holes added to the drawers, only the
gap at top for ventilation. Paper towel substrate. Deli-cup
water bowel and belly heat from a strip of flexwatt controlled
by a good proportional thermostat
A hide is
ONLY a hide if the rainbow boa feels crammed into it! One great
option is a damp moss hide. Small plastic container with access
hole and damp moss inside. Careful though, too damp and it
many keepers want to do is feed that starving little rainbow boa. And
is far from the best care you can give. Snakes do NOT need to
eat frequently. Baby rainbow boas can survive for months between feedings with no
ill affects other than not growing. (of course this is NOT
recommended, just identifying how long they can go without food) Shipping and feeding are
both stressful on a little rainbow boa. You know it was just shipped
so donít add to the stress level by feeding right away. I
suggest waiting a week before feeding. Does not have to be
exactly seven days, I feed my little ones on Monday or Tuesday
so anything that arrives one week gets the following
can take down large hopper mice from birth. That does not mean
they should. I start mine on small hopper mice - eyes open,
starting to dart around cage. Of course you may not have an
ample supply of feeders and may have to work with what you have
access to. Alternatives are Pinky Rats or a couple of mouse
fuzzies. Best however and most likely taken is a mouse
hopper. Weekly feedings for the first 8 - 12 months tapering
off to every other week.
every month or two as they grow. Should be one piece sheds.
Torn while getting off is OK but shedding in tatters indicates
dehydration - low humidity!
happen! Brazilian rainbow boas do get used to handling and can easily be
conditioned to not bite. The combination of shipping and new
smells can trigger defensive behaviors. Best thing to do is
ignore the bite, itís really not that bad. If you ignore the
biting, it will quickly learn that biting does no good and
stop. If your snake bites and the ďbad handĒ puts it down, it
learns to bite to get put down!!