SURINAME BOA CONSTRICTORS (Boa Constrictor Constrictor)
Location: Suriname, north of Brazil on the Atlantic coast
Size: 9'-10' as a full-grown adult, " as a new-born
Coloration: Rusty-browns to orange-reds with black outlines and white highlites on a tan background
Pattern: changes from head to tail featuring distinct markings down the back that are commonly referred to as widow's peaks on the saddles
Background: Suriname Boa Constrictors are among the true red-tails. The dividing line between the BCIs and BCCs is the Andes mountain range. Boas found east of the mountains are considered to be Boa Constrictor Constrictor while the more common Boa Constrictor Imperators are found west of the range. Due to their much more brightly colored scales, less accessibility and more infrequent breeding the Surinames have been given a higher value and price tag by breeders and collectors.
COLUMBIAN BOA CONSTRICTORS (Boa Constrictor Imperator)
Location: Columbia, South America
Size: 9'-10' as a full-grown adult, " as a bew-born
Coloration: Rusty browns with black outlines and white highlites on a tan background
Pattern: changes from head to tail featuring distinct markings down the back commonly referred to as saddles
Background: Columbian Boa Constrictors are the most common boa in the United States. The vast numbers of Columbians is because of their close proximity to North America, their quickly reaching sexual maturity and ability to breed yearly. As a result of these great numbers, many interesting color morphs have been produced by selectively pulling out desired traits when pairing animals in captivity. Some morphs can even become 2-3 times more valuable than a Suriname because of its uniqueness.
Boas are not well-suited for climbing, so a longer, more shallow cage is ideal. The length and width should be in perimeter the equivelant or greater than the length of the snake. The rule of thumb is that the animal should never be able to stretch around the walls of the cage and be able to touch its tail to its head. The ambient temperature of the enclosure should be about 80F with an underbelly hot spot of about 95F for proper food digestion. Boa like conditions slightly more humid. Misting them at least every other day is ideal and daily when they go into shed.