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Cuban Boa (Epicrates angulifer) Cuban Boa (Epicrates angulifer)




Vivarium MODX36 for a youngster increasing with the MODX extensions as it grows.



Lights are for viewing only so an Arcadia viv dry Control Gear C5 combined with an Arcadia freshwater Tube 42 inch 36 Watt will be fine.



Pt-2048 Ceramic Heat Emitter 250Watt, combined with Exo Terra Glow Light 25cm with safety guard and a Pulse Proportional thermostat.

Or 500w Microclimate AHS.

Use two PT-2465 Exo-Terra Dial Thermometer or PT-2472 Digital Thermometer to monitor the basking and ambient temperatures.


Aspen or beach chippings are recommended.


Use a PT-2851 Reptile hide/Cave small for youngsters. PT-2845 or PT-2847 for adults as they get bigger something else will have to be used. You will need a water bowl we would suggest using the Pool Wood Effect-Giant until the boa outgrows it then something like a garden bird bath or washing up bowl will be required. Finally use a selection of artificial vines and plants, PT-3000-3052 these are just for decoration and make the vivarium look more natural. We would recommend at least 2 large vines and a selection of 3-4 + plants and some stout branches as they like to climb...



Care of the Cuban Boa (Epicrates angulifer)


Common Name: Cuban Boa

Scientific NameEpicrates angulifer

Description: The Cuban Boa is the largest of the West Indian Boas of the genus Epicrates reaching lengths of over 12´.

Range: The Island of Cuba

Habitat: They are found virtually in all types of habitat from xeric areas to tropical jungle. They are very abundant in farming areas and Cuban Farmers call them "Maja".

Care: Their husbandry is very similar to Boa Constrictors. A temperature gradient from 80ºF down to around 72ºF.

Though Cuban Boas can take temps down in the low 50´s with no problem as long as daytime temps rise to around 80º F

Even though the Cuban Boa is the largest of the West Indian Boas it is generally arboreal, and often found in the branches of trees.

They readily take birds, lizards, rodents and bats. They accumulate around the entrance of caves and catch the bats as they emerge at dusk. The primary food item in Cuba is an arboreal rodent called a Hutia but they eat a great variety of prey including an occasional Iguana [Cyclura nubila].

A vivarium of 72"x30"18" is adequate for an adult with plenty of stout branches

The Cuban Boa can be very aggressive. I had a male that never calmed down and was always nasty. They have a very powerful musk as well and it can be difficult to clean off; the smell is very strong and can last for a long time. The female that I had was the complete opposite. Use cat litter as this helps to absorb the musk

This is a beautiful snake but only for experienced keepers.

Breeding: They breed in the spring [March through to May], the young are born in Aug to Oct. Offspring can measure up to 3´ in length and only have 4-6 young.



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