Corallus ruschenbergerii (Central-American treeboa)
mabb Origin: Venezuela, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica
Length: up to 2.2 meters
Age: up to 20 years
They can occur in the colors brown, yellow and gray with a dark spot pattern over themselves. The young snakes have a different color than the parents. Are usually orange-pink or green in color.

Experience: Experienced snake keeper
Food: Live or dead prey. Primary prey animals are mice and rats.
Adult feeding: every 10 to 14 days.
Feeding young: Every 6 to 8 days
Water basin: Yes
Change water: 3 times a week
The Central American tree boas are real opportunistic hunters and can eat more often than is actually necessary. Adult specimens are perfectly capable of devouring a mature rat. While with young snakes it is better to arrive with a smaller size. The rule is: at the widest, the prey must be about the same width as the widest part of the snake.

You can offer these prey alive or dead. Although it is more practical to let them get used to dead prey. It sometimes happens that the food animal injures your snake. If you go for live food, you will have to stay with it while feeding your snake, because most prey animals can also injure the snake. In addition, remove the snake from the accommodation and with a food tong, so that unnecessary injuries are prevented. If they are held together, it is wise to take them apart during feeding. It sometimes happens that the snakes catch the same prey or catch each other and this can lead to unnecessary injuries.

The Central American tree boa is a real tree dweller. Because of its tree-living style, they do not often have access to much water. For this reason, they only need a small water bowl in captivity

The Central American tree boa likes to spend its time higher in the residence. Here they will also do their business. Pay attention to this during cleaning and then clean the climbing branches and raised decking boards in addition to the floor. To keep the accommodation clean, cleaning once a week is enough. In addition to the weekly cleaning, the accommodation must be properly disinfected several times a year. This must be done so that unnecessary diseases or bacteria do not accumulate.

Just like many other full arboreal snakes, they can be defensive. This ensures that they are not easy to handle. To prevent unnecessary wounds, a snake hook will have to be used. Only handle it with your hands if you know that the snake is used to people. Always be calm while handling, this minimizes the stress on the snake. Finally, there are a few things that you should pay attention to. The snake cannot be handled in the dark and just after peeling. At such a moment, handling is extra stressful on the animal.

Minimum size of stay for 1 snake: 80 x 80 x 100
Lying area: 1 m2 with at least one raised lounger per snake on which it can lie.
Day temperature: 25-30C
Night temperature: 24-25C
Hours of light: 12 hours
Humidity degree: 60% -80%
Ground cover: Newspapers, bark or peat litter
As the name "tree python" says, they are real tree dwellers. They live in the wild high in the trees. This lifestyle must therefore also be possible during the stay. This is done with elevated reclining boards and multiple climbing branches. Also try to create hiding places with fake plants on the branches. Because of their climbing behavior, it is also important to have more height in the accommodation. When choosing the accommodation, it is therefore more important to choose height instead of width. A small one is enough for water troughs with a capacity of about half a liter.

To be sure there are some extra things to look out for. The Central American tree pythons, for example, are quite good at escaping and it will have to be ensured that they cannot just open their door. In addition, ventilation is needed to keep the air fresh and it is advisable to set up the stay out of the bright sun and as vibration-free as possible.

Hunting method: Constricting snake.
Lifestyle: Arboreal & night active
Character: The Central American tree boa is a good example of an aggressive snake. They can be defensive and take a lot of effort to tame them.
Points of attention: The Central American tree boa is a strangle snake and can eat prey larger than its head. Therefore, keep in mind that you will not leave it alone with small children or pets. This is because he can also see this as prey. Due to its aggressive behavior it is advisable to keep the snake in a place where few people walk past. This is because they sometimes lash at the glass and can injure themselves.

Costs and Purchase
Legislation: The slender boom boa falls under CITES II, to own this snake you need CITES or transfer papers. You should get this when purchasing.
One-off costs: This includes the costs for accommodation, lighting, heating, water bowl and decoration. This can together cost a few hundred euros to a few thousand euros. The final amount depends on the quality and size of the products.
Fixed costs: Fixed costs include the costs for the feed, this is several tens of euros per year.
Unexpected costs: Costs have been incurred if your snake happens to fall ill or your equipment breaks down.

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