Species group: Boas, Anacondas and Pythons
Other common names: Annulated Tree Boa
Scientific name: Corallus annulatus
The Ringed Tree Boa ranges from eastern Guatemala south through Central America to Columbia and (perhaps) Peru; it may be absent from Ecuador and Belize. Like the 8 related boas in the genus Corallus, it is highly arboreal, but unlike them is also occasionally found on the ground. The Ringed Tree Boa inhabits rainforests, secondary growth thickets, fruit plantations and overgrown gardens.
Appearance / health:
Ringed Tree Boas vary greatly in appearance throughout their range, but are always spectacular…small wonder they have a dedicated following among reptile keepers! In contrast to most snakes, they are also able to change or modify their coloration somewhat. The body may be brownish-red, orange or brick red in coloration, and is marked with black rings or a lace-like pattern of lines. Typical adults measure 5 feet in length, with some approaching 6 feet. The German name for tree boa means “Dog-Headed Snake” - a comment on the chunky head and unusually-long, sharp teeth.
Behavior / temperament:
Tree Boas are, as a group, notoriously short-tempered and difficult to tame. However, some Ringed Tree Boas are an exception to this rule. Still, their long teeth and longer strike-ranges demand respect, and they are best considered as pets to observe rather than handle.
Ringed Tree Boas are best housed in vertically-oriented tropical rainforest terrariums of at least 55 gallons in size, or custom-built cages. The enclosure should be provided with sturdy climbing branches similar to the width of the snake’s body. They are native to humid tropical environments, and require high cage humidity, especially while shedding. Dry areas must be provided as well. Live plants, twice-a-day misting, and the use of coconut husk or a similar substrate will help to create proper humidity levels. Hanging live or artificial plants should be positioned over branches to act as sheltering sites; some individuals will also utilize small “bird houses” as retreats. Fresh water in a large pan should be available. Like many arboreal snakes, Ringed Tree Boas will also drink from water sprayed onto the body coils. Day temperature: 72-75 F; night temperature: 70-74 F; basking temperature: 85 F; humidity: fluctuating between 60-85%.
Ringed Tree Boas are best kept singly outside of the breeding season. Droppings should be removed in a manner that does not disturb the snakes. Detachable branches that allow you to remove both perch and snake when necessary are recommended for high-strung individuals.
Ringed Tree Boas feed upon small arboreal rodents, possums, birds, bats, frogs, and lizards. Their staple captive diet is mice. The use of large food items has been linked to intestinal blockages. Youngsters feed primarily on frogs and lizards in the wild, and may refuse mice. Scenting a pink mouse with a frog or anole may induce feeding.
The mating season extends from January through March, but captive conditions can alter this. Like other boas, this species gives birth to live young, usually less than a dozen 12-inch-long babies at a time. Lowering nighttime temperatures to 69 F, reducing day-length, and increasing the humidity will help to induce breeding. Youngsters may differ markedly in coloration form their parents; jet-black hatchlings become brownish as they mature.
Written by Frank Indiviglio
removable branches, sturdy climbing branches, long strike radius, Tall cages, preferred frogs
Ringed Tree Boa
I like keeping this and related tree boas, despite their tendency to remain aggressive; their beauty makes up for this. I generally install removable branches in their enclosures, so that branch and snake can be moved if need be...saves stress on both the snakes and myself! Tall cages are needed...here too the height is an advantage, keeping one out of strike range when cleaning etc. be sure to feed them small mice...larger rodents tend to cause digestive problems,. The jet black youngsters are something to see! they usually need lizard-scented pinkies at first, but adjust in time..
From findiviglio Apr 8 2014 11:45PM
Snape the Snake
I got this little one from a pet store when it was a baby. When I first got it, it was a naive move on my part. Thinking that the current enclosure I had would work for him (it was a custom built piece inherited from a cousin) was naive. I quickly found that this particular snake is a bit of an escape artist. It could push off the top of the cabinet and get out. I would then find it in the weirdest places.
After some should-have-done-this-first research, I found that I needed a bigger and warmer climate for him. This resulted in another custom cabinet with special lighting, warmers, humidifiers. The dimensions I settled with ended up being around 65 gallons. Another thing I learned was that this one liked to climb. This involved the addition of sturdy climbing branches to the enclosure.
As far as the temperament of Snape, he did not mind being moved and adapted well to the new environment. However, he is definitely not a good snake type for those who want to handle their pet often. Long teeth and a long strike radius, resulted in quite a few injuries during the time I had Snape. Although I loved him, he was VERY high maintenance in his needs with the enclosure, no handling, and food (it did not like mice, preferred frogs). Be sure to do a lot of research into what you want before you land on the ringed-tree boa..
From nikiahunt May 19 2015 11:31PM