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Latin name: Charina trivirgata or Lichanura trivirgata
This individual is a baby female who was born 8/30/2021. She’s about 12” in length and eating live and frozen thawed pink mice.
Feeding schedule: 1 item offered every 5 days.
General info: Rosy Boas are small, docile and beautiful snakes who are loved by new snake owners and experienced hobbyists alike. They have easy care requirements as well. They are one of the only two boa species found in the United States with the other being the rubber boa.
Lifestyle and habitat: They are native to the Southwest United States, Parts of Northern and Mexico and Baja California where they often inhabit dry desert and scrubland habitats. Because these habitats have extremely hot temperatures during the day, rosy boas are primarily subterranean and live in burrows and beneath rocks to escape such temperatures.
Size and lifespan: Rosy boas typically reach 3 feet in length and a width of about 1 inch at the widest part of their bodies. Large females up to 4 feet in length have been recorded but are rare. They can live up to 30 years in human care.
Quick care stats:
Temperatures: 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the basking area, 80 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool end.
Humidity: 30-40% Misting once daily is recommended in the morning to simulate the desert dew.
Tank size: 10-15 gallons for babies/juveniles, 20-30 gallons for adults.
Tank type: Low rectangle-allow for good floor space and deep substrate. Make sure it has a secure sliding door/doors. Sit-atop screen lids for glass tanks are not recommended for these guys, snakes are escape artists!
Heating and lighting: Both a heat pad and a dimmable heat lamp are recommended for rosy boas living in glass tanks. Use only a dimmable heat bulb for a wood or melamine tank. Thermostats are also helpful. Full spectrum UVB lighting is not required for this species but is highly recommended for all reptiles for overall welfare.
Substrate and furniture: Soil, aspen or screened pine substrate 4"deep or deeper. Provide lots of hiding places and some low climbing areas.
Water: Provide a small water dish just one day out of the week each week. The offering of their water dish should be at least two days before and two days after a feeding. This might sound strange but understand that rosy boas live in an environment where they naturally have very little in the way of standing water. When they do come upon water they tend to gorge themselves since they don’t know when their next drink will be. In captivity, this can cause problems especially around feeding time, their stomachs can become overly full with water if they drink too close to a feeding time and they can regurgitate.
Handling: Rosy boas can be shy and frightened when first introduced to handling when they are babies but tend to tame down very quickly with frequent gentle handling. A snake that has adjusted does great with being handled a few times per week with handling sessions being about 30-45 minutes.
When not to handle: After the snake has eaten, give them 2-3 days to digest their food before handling them again. When you first bring the snake home or move it to a new enclosure, wait at least 3 days before handling it to give it a chance to settle in to the new environment.
Feeding frequency: every 4-5 days for babies, 1x per week for juveniles and adults. Prey item should be as wide as the widest part of the snake's body.