Acquired: Wild caught / rehabilitation animal
Indiana, United States
Posted Mar 20, 2015
I've owned three different species of snakes, all known to be docile, but Daphne was in a league all her own. She would let you handle her for as long as you wanted without showing any signs of stress or aggression. The only time these snakes get riled up is around feeding time, in which case they're a bit feisty. Dumeril's boas take up to 5 years to fully mature, but usually top out at around six feet. This is something to consider because some pet owners aren't willing or equipped to handle a snake that big.
The tank setup is pretty simple; these boas don't want for much. A basking area, a large glass tank, somewhere to hide, a water supply, and a fluorescent bulb is all that's really necessary. Substrates that can recreate a humid microclimate are ideal.
These snakes are pretty easy to take care of and will live up to 15 years and beyond under proper care. You may not bond with them like you will with a mammal, but they're great pets to keep nonetheless.