Emerald Tree Boa Care Sheet

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The Emerald Tree Boa, scientifically known as Corallus caninus is a non-venomous snake, which is mostly found in South America, deep in the rainforests. Here is a care sheet for the Emerald Boa.

Vivarium: Since the Emerald Boa is a highly arboreal snake, a suitable vivarium needs height and sturdy branches/perches for the snake to climb on. They have a very slow metabolism, and will spend long periods wrapped around a single branch. Therefore a very large enclosure is not required. A 36" cube style is ideal, and the key to successfully keeping and breeding these snakes is simplicity - use a simple substrate or paper towels, no hide box (since these boas will coil around a branch rather than hide) and a large bowl of water to keep the humidity up.

Food: The baby emerald tree boa needs one prey item of a suitable size (no larger than the girth of the snake) every fourteen days. Neonate boas need one full defecation after every feed. As an adult, the Emerald Boa needs one feed every twenty one to twenty eight days. The adult boas need in this case one full defecation for every two to three meals. The size of prey offered should be on the small size, certainly smaller than the girth of the snake. Once the small animal is given to the snake, you shouldn't be able to notice something more than a slight enlargement in the body of the boa. Over feeding with large prey, or too many meals will cause obesity and digestive problems which this species is especially prone to.

Temperature: When it comes to temperature, there are three cycles that you actually should take under consideration. The one is the maintenance cycle, which begins six days after the feeding and lasts until the next time you will feed the emerald. The temperature in this case should range between 72F and 84F. The second cycle is the feeding cycle. The average temperature of this cycle should be also around 82F. In any case, the temperature should not rise above 90F before and after the feeding time. The third and last cycle, is the mating cycle. During the breeding and reproduction time, the temperature should be at 86F during the day and close to 70F during night. This cycle lasts for 12 weeks. After this, it should be back to normal maintenance cycle.

Humidity. Humidity is very important for all reptiles, but especially so for the Emerald Tree Boa. During the day, humidity should be close to 70-80% and during night close to 45-60%. The emerald's aquarium should be kept humid enough during all cycles of its life, ensuring proper health. These boas are prone to dehydration, and allowing the humidity to drop below 50% for extended periods. can cause serious health issues and even death. During the mating cycle, it is recommended to increase the daily humidity, to 70-90% and the night one towards 55%. The night time humidity levels are to be kept low, because that allows the vivarium to dry, minimizing possible bacterial infections.

Shedding Period: Emeralds will normally shed without difficulty so long as the humidity is kept at an optimal level. If your boa has problems with shedding, you should place the boa in a snake bag, along with a towel soaked in warm water. Place the bag with the snake in a plastic tub and place it in a warm place - of approximately 85F. Keep the snake in this condition for a couple of hours so as to stay damp and saturate the unshed skin. This can be repeated if necessary.

The Emerald Tree Boa is an amazing animal. While not suitable for beginners, experienced snake owners will delight in watching these magnificent snakes. They do not tolerate handling, and have large teeth which they are not afraid to use, so use of a snake hook is essential. If you want a snake you can handle often go for a Boa Constrictor, but if you want a truly magical animal and a superb display snake, and are able to meet its demanding care regime, the Emerald Tree Boa could be for you.

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Billy is a reptile specialist and author with over 25 years experience keeping snakes. For more information on emerald tree boa care, try visiting http://www.boa-care.com, his popular website that provides tips, advice and resources on caring for boas.

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This article was published on 2010/04/04