Equipment for keeping a Hog Island Boa
Vivarium MODX36 for a youngster increasing with the MODX extensions as it grows.
Lights are for viewing only so an Arcadia vivarium dry Control Gear C5 combined with an Arcadia freshwater Tube 42 inch 36 Watt will be fine.
Heating: Use Pt-2048 Ceramic Heat Emitter 250 Watt, combined with a PT-2062 Porcelain Wire Clamp Lamp Holder and a Pulse Proportional thermostat
OR Microclimate AHS 500 Heater/Thermostat.
Use a PT-2465 Exo-Terra Dial Thermometer or PT-2472 Digital Thermometer to monitor the temperature.
Aspen or beach chippings are recommended.
Use a PT-2851 Reptile hide/Cave small for youngsters. PT-2845 or PT-2847 for adults. You will need a water bowl we would suggest using the Pool Wood Effect-Giant until the boa outgrows it then something like a 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.
Hog Boa (Boa constrictor imperator) Island
Hog island boas are only found on a few islands off the coast of Honduras. It is believed that these boas are extinct in the wild. Hog island boas are a smaller form of boa and rarely exceed five feet. Hog island boas are long lived snakes and can live over 20 years
Hog island boas should be maintained at 85-90 degrees during the day, with a hot spot under the heat light reaching 95 degrees. Night-time temperatures need to range between 75-80 degrees. Daily misting should be used to maintain humidity between 60-80 %. Snakes shed in one complete piece; if yours is shedding in pieces the humidity is too low. Another option to increase humidity is to provide a box with a small entrance, for the snake to enter, filled with damp potting soil and moss.
Hog island boas grow quickly and we recommend that you provide the largest cage possible. One can expect an adult hog island boa to need a cage at least 4 feet long by 2 feet wide.
our recommendation for bedding is bark or coconut bark, this bedding holds moisture very well and duplicates their natural environment.
Hog island boas feed on fuzzy or small adult mice as babies and juveniles. As your snake grows it will soon move up to rats. We recommend that you feed baby and juvenile hog island boas 1-2 times per week. Hog island boas can be fed once every 7-10 days to maintain proper body weight. Like most snakes, hog island boas typically will not eat when they are preparing to shed. After your snake has shed you can return to your normal feeding regime.
Cleaning and Handling
The terrarium should be cleaned as necessary. Any faecal matter should be cleaned out several times a week. The bedding should be completely changed once a month and fresh clean water should be provided at all times. The inside of the terrarium can be cleaned out with an appropriate reptile cage cleaner, we recommend Natural Chemistry’s Healthy Habitat. Hog Island boas can be handled on a daily basis and always wash your hands before and after handling them