Experience: Average snake keeper
Food: Live or dead prey. Primary prey animals are mice and rats.
Adult feeding: Every 7 to 10 days.
Feeding young: At 6 to 7 days
Water basin: Yes
Change water: 3 times a week
There is a choice to offer the prey animals alive or dead. Although it is advisable to offer your red rainbow boa dead prey. This is because it is more practical and prevents the food animal from injuring your snake. In addition, it is advised to offer the food animal with a pair of tongs and to feed your snake outside the residence. This ensures that your hand is not associated with food and prevents your snake from grasping your hand during feeding. If you go for live food, you must supervise it during feeding. The prey can also injure the snake. If you hold the red rainbow boa together with other snakes, you will have to take them apart for feeding, because it sometimes happens that the snakes injure each other while feeding.
Red rainbow boas often suffer from obesity in captivity, so it is important that your snake regularly and adjust feeding accordingly. Obesity can cause various health problems.
In addition to a source of water, the water basin will also be used as a bath. Therefore, keep in mind that the water bowl is large enough for the snake to be able to lie with its entire body. The fact that the snake uses its water basin for bathing ensures that the water is contaminated faster. Changing the water more often is not a problem if the water gets dirty.
To keep your snake healthy, a hygienic environment is important. To achieve this, the accommodation will have to be cleaned regularly. Cleaning once or twice a week is enough. In addition, the entire stay must be cleaned and disinfected a few times a year to prevent the build-up of bacteria.
To feed the red rainbow boa and to clean the accommodation your snake will have to be handled. When handling your snake, use a snake hook or lift it with both hands. Do not hang your snake around your neck, this is because if the snake falls it will clamp itself around your neck. In addition, there are some important things to look out for when handeling a red rainbow boa. First make sure that your snake understands that you are going to handle it and move gently when you handle it. Also make sure that your hands are washed and do not smell like food. Lastly, your snake does not handle when it is peeling and do not handle it in the dark.