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Rainbow Boas

Epicrates cenchria. There are nearly a dozen subspecies of rainbow boas, inhabiting much of Central and South America. The Brazilian Rainbow boa (Epicrates cenchria cenchria) is the largest, maxing out at a slender 7 feet or so. The smallest is found only in the Jonestown area of Guyana in the wild, but the sub-species (E.c. ssp.) is becoming common through captive breeding programs, at least in the US.

Rainbow boas live in wet areas; by rivers, streams, lakes or swamps. These areas tend to be somewhat inaccessible to humans and these snakes are shy and nocturnal, so they have not been widely studied in the wild.

Rain in water

Here is my Rainbow Boa Care Sheet.

My Rainboa boas:

In captivity a neonate Rainbow boa will feed on pinky or fuzzy mice. Some will only start on live fuzzies. As adults mine were happy with frozen/thawed rats. Cloud ate mostly small rats. Rain ate small or medium rats. Zephyr ate medium or large rats. Mist started on hopper rats and eventually ate mostly medium and sometimes large rats.

All my rainbow boas have lived in this big cage, at some point or another. The cage is for sale.

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