Acquired: Wild caught / rehabilitation animal
Ohio, United States
Posted Aug 21, 2015
In my experience, Amazon Tree Boas are typically defensive and nervous when it comes to handling. They readily strike when bothered in their enclosure but calm down quite a bit when out. They have long, narrow teeth like their relatives the Emerald Tree Boas; despite this, their bites are not painful and they don't normally latch onto you. My tree boa, Dessa, is becoming easier to handle as I spend lots of time with her and am very gentle when handling her. These snakes are from South America and need a good amount of humidity to be healthy. 70-80% humidity is ideal for these snakes and being tree snakes, they need decor to climb on and bask.
Feeding has never been an issue for me with this species - they are alert and at the smell of prey, are ready to strike! Due to the temperament and special care for their enclosure, I say these snakes are more advanced. If you are someone who is good with handling snakes and reading their body language well, this may potentially be a great snake for you!