Origin: The island of Puerto Rico
Length: 1.8 to 2.7 meters
Age: up to 20 years
The Puerto Rican rainbow boa is also called yellow tree boa, contrary to its name it is not very yellow. The body has more brown / yellow color with a dark spot pattern. The snout of the snake is dark colored. The body is covered with a pearly layer that creates a rainbow glow. This glow can be compared to the rainbow luster of gasoline that floats on water and is best seen after the moulting. Hence the name rainbow boa.
Experience: Average snake keeper
Food: Live or dead prey.
Adult feeding: Every 8 to 14 days.
Feeding young: Every 6 to 7 days
Water basin: Yes
Change water: 3 times a week
The Puerto Rican rainbow boa is a real rhunter and has been observed in the wild to catch bats from the sky. In captivity this is of course not in the way of recreation and a diet of rodents can be offered. These rodents can be offered alive or dead. Although for convenience's sake it is recommended to offer dead prey. This is more practical and sometimes live prey can injure the snake. We advise you to provide the feed animals with a pair of tongs and to feed your snake outside the accommodation. This has the advantage that your hand is not associated with food.
If you go for live food, you must supervise it during feeding. If you hold the Puerto Rican rainbow boa together with other snakes, you will have to take them apart for feeding, as it sometimes happens that the snakes injure each other while feeding.
Like other boas, this boa is a true water lover. In addition to drinking, they also bathe in it. The water basin must therefore be large enough for the snake to be able to bathe in with its entire body. This soaking can cause the water to get dirty, so it is not a problem if the water is changed more than 3 times a week.
To prevent diseases and bacterial accumulation, the accommodation must be kept clean. This can be done by doing this on a weekly basis, and it is also advisable to thoroughly clean and disinfect the accommodation a few times a year. This prevents the build-up of bacteria. When cleaning, make sure that you also clean the climbing branches and elevations, as the Puerto Rican rainbow boa will spend the most time here.
To feed the Puerto Rican rainbow boa and to clean the accommodation your snake will have to be handled. This must of course be done well, so that you and the snake are safe. Handle the snake with a snake hook or lift it with both hands. Do not hang your snake around your neck, because if the snake falls they will clamp around your neck. In addition, there are some important things to look out for when handeling a Puerto Rican 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 your hands are washed and do not smell like food. Finally: do not handle your snake when it is peeling and do not handle it in the dark.