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There are more than 40 species of true boas, ranging from the common to the vanishingly rare, from huge to really very small indeed. We concentrate on the species that make good pets, such as the Brazilian rainbow boa (Epicrates cenchria cenchria) and the Columbian rainbow boa (Epicrates cenchria maurus).
These remain at a manageable size, although Brazilian rainbows are notoriously sensitive to stress and environmental pollutants. They do appreciate a very high humidity, which can be difficult to maintain in a wooden vivarium; if the overall humidity is low, it is important to provide at least one wet hide filled with very damp moss where the snake can rest in a high humidity environment.
Columbian rainbows are rather more hardy, and although they are temperature sensitive they are far more tolerant of higher temperatures than their Brazilian cousins.
If you are interested in either of these fascinating species, please speak to one of our team members who will advise you on the best way to keep them to a high welfare standard.
We do not stock common boas (Boa constrictor imperator) or red tailed boas (Boa constrictor constrictor) as there are plenty of adults in rescue centres.
Alternatively, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or wish to check availability to purchase a boa from our Oxfordshire store.