Animal Stories - Colombian Boa Constrictor

Animal-World Information about: Colombian Boa Constrictor

   The Colombian Boa or Common Boa has an exotic appearance, and is considered by many to be the most beautiful of the constrictors.
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Mike Browning - 2006-11-23
Hey, I really like the info on your ted tailed boa. I run a
REPTILE RESCUE, and i have rescued two rtb's that people have just abandoned. I have had them for about two years now. They were very, very, very aggresive when i first got them. Unfortunatly my female got sick and there was nothing that i could do for her but have her put down. It broke my heart. But my male is now very gentle and is doing great. But i have recently bought a true pastel colombian boa. I am very pleased with her. She is my baby.
Thanks for all the great info on RTB'S. Keep it coming.

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  • eric portillo - 2011-01-11
    I have a granite albino burmese I just got her only about 3 ft very docile and sweet you can have her if you want wasn't sure what I got myself into until I did some research and I hear they get pretty big not sure I can handle that.
trey - 2010-01-25
I just got a red tail boa about 4 days ago. She is a very nice snake has never showed any agression so far. She is about 8 months. Im not quite sure if she is big for 8 months she is 3 1/2 feet long. Her name is Athena. If anyone knows if she is big or small for her age could you please email me at

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  • Anonymous - 2010-03-09
    I have a female when i got her at 7 to 8 months she is only about 28 inches and in the past 3 weeks grew about 3 or 4 more if yours is 3.5ft at 8 months she is little bit on the bigger side. But a lot of factor are involved in the size. Alot of it deals with how much they were fed. Mine is growing so fast, faster than any other boa or python i have even owned i am started to believe that the breeder or store owner under fed the snake. So people or books tell you to feed in 1 or 2 a week unless your feeding it small amounts of food thats to much. I feed mine 1 adult mouse every 1.5 weeks
  • brandon - 2010-04-08
    She's about half a foot bigger than a normal 8 month redtail boa.
  • kevin - 2010-06-13
    She is way to big for that age.
  • Anonymous - 2010-07-25
    I think that is a decent size for a red tail boa at that age.
  • Kristen Goheen - 2010-11-12
    Honestly, with snakes, age is not looked at as much as size. That is about normal but how you feed and what really determines the size. Rats are more filling than mice and tend to go further so many breeders feed rats to help their snake grow very quickly and feed frequently. When it comes to breeding also, it is about size (specifically weight) and not so much age. There could be a five year old snake that wasn't fed a lot and although it is easily old enough, it won't be big enough. Make sense?
  • ryan - 2011-01-09
    I wish I could help I have an 8 month old and she's 5 ft I think she's over sized but idk all I know is I'm breeding her to a sunglow in 1 yr wish me luck.
Laurie - 2011-01-02
I have a question, my husband andIi have Recently been given a 6 year old RTB. We have been feeding her jumbo rats every two weeks. But it does not seem like they are enough, should we start feeding her rabbits? And if so what size?

Jay - 2010-12-31
I know for breeding ball pythons the recommended age is 2-3 years and a recommended weight of 1500g. What is it for these boas?

I have an almost 3 year old colombian boa that is 800g (a little small due to some feeding issues).

candice - 2010-04-12
Hey all! I just bought my honey a columbian boa, we named her nina and she's beautiful! Although she's not his first, she's my first snake and I have to admit it was difficult to watch her eat her first mouse here at home. I've since gotten use to the routine feedings but my only worry is my cat mario who I treat like my own child. Will nina get big enough one day to want to eat him or will she recognize him as family? What do you think?

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  • mike - 2010-05-09
    Snakes react instinctively,they do not discern any differences between a family pet and prey.
  • razor - 2010-11-02
    Yes the boa will get big enough to eat a house cat. Even at 5 foot it could still kill the cat just not eat. And mike is right a snake is solitary and it won't be like hey my Mommy likes you so I won't eat you.
  • Kristen - 2010-11-12
    I know some people who feed their boas young pigs and everyone else feeds bunnies. It will easily get big enough to eat your cat and it will if let roam with the cat loose. Snakes sense heat and will not tell the difference between a cat and a bunny. When I used to hand feed my baby, she could not tell the difference between my hand and her mouse. Be cautious when it starts to get into the 7ft+ size. One that is 5 ft probably would not constrict a cat because it would still be way too big for it to eat anyway. But just be careful.
  • RANDY - 2010-12-21
    What's up dude first of all love to name whoop whoop and to your? It depends on the snake and how often you let the two of them chill together but all in all you just never know.
Tammy - 2010-09-23
I have a RTB named Houdina, I rescued her from being let lose in the middle of October in Missouri. I have had her now almost 5 years and she is the biggest baby you will ever see. When I say the biggest baby, I'm not joking. She is now 6 years-old and is 9 1/2ft long and is 75lbs. This past year I bred her to my 3 years Peruvian male and got 35 beautiful babies out of her. I was excited since this was her first clutch and I only got 2 slugs. I know most people out there are a little shy with the fact that this guys get to be so larger,but to tell the truth I wouldn't ever give her up. She is the sweetest snake and I have no problem even letting little kids around her. The reason I am sharing my story of my baby, is let all of you out there know, that out of all the big snakes out there, you can't go wrong with a Red-Tail Boa.

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  • Georgette Tso - 2010-12-13
    Hi Tammy,
    I am doing a project on Red-Tailed boas, and you seem like a nice person with tons of experience with this breed of snakes. If you don't mind, could you please reply to this comment or send me an e-mail with your answers to my questions?
    -How often do you feed your snake meat?
    -Do you feed Houdina live animals?
    -What kind of animals do you feed your snake?
    -Will Houdina eat dead animals (as in strips of chicken)?
    -Will Houdina eat vegetables/nuts/fruits or anything that is not meat?
    -What do you think will happen if you put a Red-Tailed boa on a vegetarian diet?
    Thank you so much. Please don't feel like you need to answer ALL of these questions. My e-mail address is
    I am looking forward to hearing from you.
eva - 2010-12-04
I have 2 red tails and they love to bathe!

Betty - 2010-11-02
My redtail boa has white patches with a blue tint in to it so can you tell me if it's a fungus and what to do about it?

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  • Mandy - 2010-11-18
    In your loacal pet store there is a spray to treat fungus and from the sound of it your snake has just that.....look in the reptile area! GOOD LUCK
Vanessa - 2010-08-10
I currently have 3 snakes (6 foot corn snake, 5 foot rainbow boa and a baby ball python). My husband wants to consider a Red Tail Boa but I am a little concerned. I have read everywhere what amazing snakes they are as pets and how docile they are but I am concerned with the size they can reach.

I was hoping to hear from current owners of full adult size Redtail boas as to how large the enclosure will need to be and how easy it is to handle such a large snake?

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  • Paul Jr. - 2010-08-30
    Well it all depends on how much you feed them on how big they get usually, the more you feed them usually the bigger they will get, not sure on the enclosure I've yet to find out.
  • Tony - 2010-10-29
    I have 3 fully grown boas 2 females about 9ft and a red tail about 7ft a 4ft by 2t by 2ft will be ok for 1 boa. Boas can be easy to handle your best bit is to get a young 1 then as it grows your be use to it.
BRISTON - 2010-10-02
I just got a rtb about a week ago. When I fed him he didn't take the mouse until a half hour after I put the mouse in the box is that normal?

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  • Tony - 2010-10-29
    I have 3 rtb fully grown about 9ft yes its all right my snakes dont always eat straight away i leave the rats in over night and there gone in the morning unless there going to shed then they wont eat untill after..