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AMAZON TREE BOA (Corallus hortulanus) AMAZON TREE BOA (Corallus hortulanus)

Basic Equipment for an Amazon Tree Boa

 

Housing

Use a AX22 Vivarium these come in Beech, Oak and Walnut. The extra height is required as this snake is mostly arboreal and needs lots of climbing branches and vines. As this vivarium needs to handle high humidity it is best to coat the inside with two or three coats of yacht varnish. When it is dry and no longer smells of varnish seal the inside joints with aquarium silicon sealant.

 

Lighting

Is for viewing so a PT-2110 Sun Glo Neodymium Lamp A19/60Watt. Spot lamp Guard 210 x 110 x110mm. The bulb needs a ceramic lamp holder such as the Komodo Ceramic Fitting.

 

Heating

Use either an Infra red Bulb 75w and a Habistat dimmer thermostat or a ceramic heat emitter 60w and a Habistat pulse proportional thermostat. Use an appropriate safety guard with the bulb or ceramic heat emitter.

Use a PT-2465 Exo-Terra Dial Thermometer or a PT-2472 We recommend two thermometers PT-2465 place one at each end to show the cool temperature and hot end temperatures to indicate that there is a heat gradient.effect.

 

Substrate

Aspen or beach chippings are recommended.

 

Décor

A water bowl will be required a Bark effect Water Bowl medium would be a good choice, use lots of plastic plants PT-3000-PT-3052 branches these will add to the decor and prevent the snake from becoming stressed, A few vines PT-3081-3082 will also help. Finally add three or four good stout branches making sure they are well fixed and cannot fall.


 

 

Further Information for an Amazon Tree Boa

  CARE

Amazon Tree Boas are also known as Garden Tree Boas, Garden Boas and Common Tree Boas. They are an arboreal (live in trees) species and can be found throughout South America. Their basic colours can be anything from black, brown or grey to any shade of red, orange, yellow or any colour in between. Some are devoid of pattern whilst others may be speckled, banded or have a chevron shape pattern. The combinations with patterns and colours are endless.

Housing

The vivarium for an Amazon must be able to handle humidity. Vivariums that have too much ventilation will allow the humidity to dry up too quickly. Vivariums without enough ventilation may develop fungal and bacterial growth and the snake may become ill. When spraying the vivarium make sure you do not spray any bulbs especially ceramic heat emitters. It is also important to have some type of perches/branches. Amazons like the bigger chunks of driftwood as they like to lie in a nook or on a flat or broad section of wood. They seem to be more comfortable when several points of their body are in contact with some sort of surface. It is not uncommon for captive bred Amazons to spend a portion of their time coiled up on the vivarium floor. Temperatures for Amazons should be kept at 80 to 82 degrees during the day time with a drop to about upper 70´s for night time. To maintain the humidity it is advisable to spray the cage twice a day perhaps morning and afternoon then this will allow the cage to dry out overnight. The humidity will rise immediately following a spray and will reach 80 - 90% but will then fall until the next spray. Making sure that the animal is misted on daily basis will assist with the shedding process.

Feeding

On the whole Amazons are normally problem free as far as feeding goes; however, there are sometimes the picky eaters. Warmed prey is very rarely refused. It is advisable to feed the snake out of the cage, as it will then, not associate your hand going into the cage as food. Do not feed prey that is too large for the snake as regurgitation may occur. Try to keep the prey size to the diameter of the thickest part of the snake’s body. As most snakes, they will go off their food when they are due to shed.

General Information

They are a lovely snake to own. Being arboreal they are a brilliant display snake in that they can normally be seen during the day coiled up on a branch and at night they are out and about searching for prey or just hanging still from a branch waiting for something nice to eat to walk by. Handle them little and often and be very careful as they have a habit of unwinding backwards and can be very fast.

 

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