Acquired: Bred animal myself
By Daphne Petty
Brandon, Florida, United States
Posted Jan 04, 2019
There's no real difference between the temperament of a red tail boa and a regular boa, the main difference between the two of them is their coloring.
Boas in general are usually well mannered but they are extremely strong. Once they're full grown they're several foot long and pure muscle. While we rarely had problems there was once or twice where my brother was handling one of our boas and it wrapped around him and started to squeeze, he always got out of the hold and the snake wasn't squeezing hard enough to harm but it was still an unfortunate experience.
I don't believe this should be a deterrent but I do think it needs to be taken into account when a family chooses what type of snake to bring into their family. Children should never handle an adult boa without supervision.
Boas do need a slightly large enclosure, a water bowl, hopefully something to climb on and a heat source but their enclosures are easily to clean and easy to put together. Sometimes I think people get snakes thinking they can treat them like fish. Put them in a tank, and then throw food at them and just stare at them, but they need attention and handling. So if you're strong enough to handle them properly and go into the relationship with realistic expectations, then I say give them a chance!