Species group: Boas, Anacondas and Pythons
Other common names: Hogg Island Boa
Scientific name: Boa constrictor imperator ssp.
The Hog Island Boa is a sub-species of Boa constrictor imperator which is native to Cayos los Cochinos or Hog island in Honduras.
Appearance / health:
Hog Island Boas have orange tails and many captive-bred snakes have orange or pink colors to their entire bodies. Hog Island Boas generally range in color from cream to dark gray. Average adult length is 4 1/2 to 6 feet, with females larger than the males.
Behavior / temperament:
Boa constrictors are often seen on the ground, especially as they mature. Some are seen climbing and perching on tree branches. Boas are most active at dusk and dawn, and sometimes at night. They are even-tempered and seldom bite, and can be handled gently.
The Hog Island Boa’s terrarium should be a rainforest or woodland type of at least 200 gallons (for one adult snake) with large stable branches for climbing. Substrate should be a mixture of sand and soil, with a water container large enough for the snake to soak in. Day temp: 71-83F; night temp: 68-72F; basking island temp: 86-95F; humidity: 709-80%; lighting: 12 hours.
These boas are considered among the more docile of the Central American boas and are well adapted to captive conditions. Their friendly temperament and small size makes them one of the most popular Boas.
Depending on the size of the Boa, it will appreciate proportionately sized (should make a noticeable lump in the snake) rodents and hoppers like mice, rats, guinea pigs, and rabbits every 7 to 10 days.
The Hog Island Boa is sexually mature at 3 1/2 - 5 years and they breed September through February.
manageable sized snake, great snake, amazing feeding response, perfect personalities, awesome species
aggressive snakes, bad rap
reputable breeder.They, decent price, colors patterns, dwarf boa Hogg, sturdy water dish
Lovely snake if you can't quite keep the size of an original Boa
The main reason people get Hog Island boas is due to their reduced size as compared to a regular boa - while still getting all of the traits and appearance of an original boa.
Hog islands can tend to be slightly more aggressive, however with careful handling from a young age this tends to be rare.
Viv size is important here, and I would offer at least a 6x3 for an adult - the bigger the better, although nothing smaller.
Very easy to handle, given their smaller size but really nice as they are quite chunky! Perfect for the intermediate keeper or beginner with sufficient amount of research. These are really pretty snakes, and the ability to get different morphs makes this species ever more interesting!
They aren't incredibly popular as well which makes keeping this snake that more special. My snake had a great temperament, and was very easy to handle - very docile and would often just sit curled up around me for hours at a time. Suuuper chill.
Would recommend, but do your research. :).
From laurenlou Aug 7 2015 4:25PM