Species group: Boas, Anacondas and Pythons
Scientific name: Candoia carinata paulsoni
New Guinea and Melanesia
Appearance / health:
Solomon Island Ground Boa typically have a rounded and heavy body, with a flattened triangular shaped head, and an upturned nose. Colors and patterns vary greatly, but most are various shades of brown to black.
Behavior / temperament:
These boas are typically shy and docile.
A 3 ft by 18” by 18” vivarium is adequate for a specimen/pair of Solomon Island Ground Boas. These boas need a temperature of 26-27 degrees Celsius (80-82 degrees Fahrenheit) during the daytime.
These snakes are frequently imported for the exotic pet trade, but are now being bred in captivity by private individuals. Their small size and ease of care make them interesting captives, but wild caught specimens do not acclimate well. The stress of captivity manifests itself in the form of lack of interest in food. Their natural diet often presents a problem for hobbyists mainly familiar with using rodents as food.
These boas are known for having slow metabolisms , and any keepers only feed their adults one mouse/small rat every 3 to 4 weeks. In the wild, their primary diet consists of frogs and lizards.
The Solomon Island ground boa is known to have particularly large litters, occasionally producing 30 or 40 small neonates.
favorite species, awesome snakes, prehistoric look, Captive Bred, Great starter snake, docile snake
underhanded sellers, Wild CaughtThe, high strung snake
keeled scales, unique shaped head, surprisingly powerful body, moist hide boxes, small serrated teeth
Amazing Captive for Experienced Snake Keepers
I must start off by saying I have a serious love affair with all Candoia. Solomons are no exception to that.
However, they are not for a beginner snake keepers. CBB are somewhat rare still and difficult to find, with WC ones being far more common. They're a high strung snake, and should never be fully trusted not to bite. My adult female seems so laid back most of the time, and out of the blue she'll have a shift in attitude and get extremely snappy. Outside of her enclosure, she's not too bad to handle, and has a surprisingly powerful body. My male will regularly tag me for no particular reason, even when he's been out for 15 or so minutes. His attitude gets extremely poor when he's hungry, and he doesn't hesitate to use his teeth on to show me just how grouchy he can be at times.
Feeding them is the most tricky part of keeping these snakes. Naturally they're frog and lizard eaters, preferring frogs most commonly. Full of parasites, expensive, and not always available, frogs can be difficult to come by on a regular basis, especially in the size you need. Most will only feed every 10 days to two weeks due to a slow metabolism, which makes it somewhat easier, but growth tends to be slow. Especially if all you've got are those little green tree frogs as not every snake will even eat a lizard.
It's very common for rodents to frighten these snakes as I've found by my own experiences and speaking with many other keepers. If you've managed to switch your snake to rodents, or even better have bought a rodent eater, and they still are refusing more often than you think they should, try offering a smaller, less assuming prey item. I've found that is usually the issue. Many won't take f/t, or it takes years to get them to accept it. Feeding these snakes live rodent prey is extremely, extremely dangerous. Because of their slender bodies and small size, males tend to be unable to take down even small prey items, and the risk for serious injury is exceedingly high. Females don't have this issue quite as much.
As far as meeting their needs in caging and heating, they're an easy snake. They love to soak in large water dishes and sit in moist hide boxes. I find mine don't commonly use their dry hides, but rather seem to enjoy sitting behind it, or under the paper towel. If you provide a stick, they will use it often enough, and make a beautiful display specimen. They like lower temperatures with a hot spot of around 85, and if your snake is ill of off feed, a common issue is improper husbandry such as high temperatures causing wasting.
If I haven't frightened you away, or you're up for the challenge of such a snake, then you'll be rewarded with a stunning captive. Their uniquely primitive, sharply angled heads are quite attractive. If you have the luck to find yourself in possession of a white St. Isabel locality Solomon, you'll have one of the most beautiful snakes around.
From Styx Jul 18 2010 1:24AM