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What to feed your boa

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Boa constrictors are nonpoisonous snakes endemic to Central and South America. They are extremely large, with males measuring 6 to 8 feet and females measuring 8 to 10 feed. In the wild their diet is made up of amphibians, birds, lizards, small mammals and other snakes.
There are several factors to take into consideration when feeding boa constrictors in captivity.
The size of your boa will determine type and size of prey it can absorb. Young boas should eat baby or small young rats, or rabbits, whereas full-grown boas can consume large rats, little chickens and compact rabbits that are frozen specifically for the purpose of feeding wildlife in captivity. Make sure that the size of the prey is no larger than the widest point of the boa’s midsection.
Never feed your boa live food as it might cause your snake to become competitive. In addition, the prey may escape or harm your boa. Never feed your snake wild animals. Wild animals may carry bacteria or parasites. Simply feed your snake prey that were raised in sterile surroundings and fed organic diets that guarantee your pet won’t get contaminated with bacteria or parasites.
Prey animals are frozen when you receive them. Make sure that the prey is thawed out and slightly warm (can use boiling water). Dangle the prey in front of the snake with tongs. Ensure that you wash your hands after feeding your boa. To keep your boa from accidentally consuming substrate from its habitat, it is recommended that you move your boa into a different container when feeding.
Young boas can be fed pinkies (baby mice) once weekly. Large boas (6 months old and older) can graduate to pre-killed adult mice, rats, chicks and finally rabbits (1-2 times a month.) Remember don’t feed prey that is larger than the widest part of the snake.
The size of the prey is obviously important, but the frequency of feeding is equally important. You have to present your boa enough time to properly digest each meal before attempting to feed it again. Wait until 2-3 days after the snake defecate before offering another meal. This works out to a feeding schedule to each 7 to 12 days.
Proper feeding your boa constrictor is very important. Only feed prey that’s from a company who sells prey animals for reptiles in captivity. Remember, make sure not to feed prey that is too big for your snake as it might choke.

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