Posted Sep 16, 2013
When I was in my early twenties, I attended a monthly reptile show in Hoover, Alabama. I always ended up bringing home a new snake every time I went, and one month, I ended up with a pair of Rainbow boas. The man I bought them from said they were a male/female pair, so I thought I might end up with a breeding pair. Plus, I only paid $100 for the two snakes, which was one of the perks of buying at a reptile show. Most reptiles and amphibians sold there were one fourth of the price you would pay to a pet store or breeder.
Because my Rainbow boas were 5 feet long each, I was going to need a good bit of room to house them. One of my college biology professors ended up letting me keep them at his office, in a 100-gallon terrarium. My boas were non-aggressive and easy to handle. Either one would let you pick it up any time of the day or night without making a fuss. I’m not sure how much they had been handled before, but they would let anyone handle them.
As far as feeding went, they both ate one rat each, every two weeks or so, and neither were aggressive during feeding time. Neither boas were very active, though, so they were quite boring to watch. I ended up selling them to a woman who wanted to breed boas, and she reported that she never had any success. I’m wondering now if the guy who sold them to me had missexed them, or lied to me about their sex. Either way, they took up too much space for me to keep them at my house (I was overrun with reptiles at the time), but they were excellent snakes, behavior-wise.
Rainbow boas don’t get as big (or long) as other species of boas, so they make a great alternative for someone who wants a boa, but who also doesn’t want a 10 feet long or longer snake.