Species group: Boas, Anacondas and Pythons
Other common names: Brown Rainbow Boa
Scientific name: Epicrates cenchria maurus
The Columbian Rainbow Boa may lack the bright colors of its popular cousin, but it exhibits the same attractive iridescence and is generally milder in temperament and smaller. It makes a great choice for those wishing to expand into the keeping of this interesting genus of snakes.
This semi-arboreal constrictor ranges from Panama south through Central America to southern Columbia and east to French Guiana. It favors rainforests and riverside woodlands, but sometimes occupies the outskirts of farms and villages. Time is spent in trees as well as on the ground.
Appearance / health:
The Columbian Rainbow Boa averages 3-5 feet in length. The dorsal scales glint with iridescence in sunlight due to the effect of tiny ridges thereon. The background coloration varies from light to reddish or dark brown, and is patterned with dark markings.
With proper care, captive longevity sometimes exceeds 25 years. Dry sheds are common in terrariums where the average humidity is consistently below 60%, but skin and respiratory infections will take hold in overly-damp or cool environments.
Behavior / temperament:
Columbian Rainbow Boas vary in temperament, but most accept gentle handling in time. Young animals may be especially defensive. As is true for all snakes, they must be handled with care; adults are not suitable pets for children.
A single adult may be housed in a 55-75 gallon aquarium, but custom-made snake enclosures are preferable. The terrarium should be provided with stout branches or shelves. Hanging live or artificial plants positioned over branches or standard hide boxes serve well as retreats. Cypress mulch, eucalyptus bark and similar materials may be used as substrates. Fresh water in a pan large enough for soaking should be available.
An ambient temperature of 77-85 F and a basking temperature of 90 F should been stablished. Humidity levels of 75-85% should be maintained, but there must be ample air circulation and dry basking sites as well.
Columbian Rainbow Boas are opportunists, taking opossums, bats, rodents, birds, lizards and a variety of other creatures. Pets will accept rats and mice, but may switch preferences between them for long periods of time.
A cooling-off period of 3-4 weeks at a night-time temperature of 68-70 F and with a daytime temperatures remaining as usual will often stimulate reproduction. The 2 -35 young, born alive after a gestation period of 5-6 months, average 12-18 inches in length.
Written by Frank Indiviglio
darker markings, chocolate brown colour, Beautiful animals, great eaters, experienced snake keepers
high humidity, respiratory disease, snappy, .Mildy Aggressive Snake, skin disease
absorbent sphagnum moss, frequent squirtbottling
Moses was great.
My college roommate and I bought him as just a little twig from a local pet store on some stupid drunken dare or something (I can't remember...we both attended schools in New Orleans...sooooo.yeah...most of those years are pretty much a blackness in memory). Anyway, he was great. We started out having to feed him "pinkie" mice (I have a feeling at least half of those who read this will be leaving this review right about now...) for those of you who do not already know, pinkie mice are essentially new born mice..they very much resemble a fetus...closed eyes and all...I'm not gonna lie to you... I had to leave that up to the roommate...I watched the first one and...let's just say...the right wing repubs might not have so many people who are firmly pro-choice if they just showed that on youtube more...
Anyway, luckily, feeding them enough pinkies and they move on to small mice pretty quickly. Still rough to watch (especially when the scream..yes..that's right...scream!) but you can kind of convince yourself it is just mother nature doing her thing.
This is kind of the theme of snakes: they don't ever warm up to you (probably because they are cold blooded -rim shot please?), if they ever think they are big enough to successfully eat you and they are hungry, they...will...try! You will need to increase the size of they food the bigger they get, then the size of their environment.
They are interesting pets to watch them live and grow and eat, but that is about where it ends. No love from them. Ever. Keep their environment clean, keep anything that breaths and is smaller than them away from them, and just let them do their thing. Ours eventually got so big (and expensive to feed; can you say "small rabbits"?) that we had to donate him to a reptile house..
From American_Made Oct 22 2015 8:09PM
I love them!
When looked at in comparison to the more popular Brazilian Rainbow Boa, I can see why people find Colombian's less attractive, but personally I adore this species. So they're not the flashy red and orange of the Brazilians, but instead a deep brown, that still shines in iridescence in the sunlight.
Personality wise I've found them variable. I've encountered aggressive individuals, and soppy, docile individuals happy to be handled. To get the best chance of a handleable adult, pick one up from a breeder at a young age and regularly handle it.
They're a fair bit smaller than most other rainbow boas, even my biggest female is around four and a half foot, meaning they can be kept in a fairly small cage - I have a trio in a 4 foot by 2 foot by 2 foot. Mine are fairly active, despite being nocturnal, I do see them around in the day.
They're not that agile though, frequently falling off the branches I provide, so I ended up providing just cork bark and one or two thick, low lying branches. Looks are fairly subjective, but if you happen to like the look of this snake then give it a chance, I do think they make a good pet for someone who is willing to put the time into ensuring they're tame..
From Athravan Jun 16 2015 8:49AM