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How to Heat your Boas

Below is a list of ways to heat your boa

Large Boas

Large boa species include: Red Tailed Boas,Common Boas, Madagascan Ground Boas and Dumeril’s Boa. These snakes all come from tropical regions of the world and do not hibernate in winter. A heat pad can be used to create belly heat for your boa and an infrared heat lamp can be included to increase the temperature. Low temperatures will cause respiratory infections and a digital thermometer must be used to make sure temperatures at the hot spot remain around 30-33 degrees Celsius. Ceramic heat emitters and high wattage heat lamps can be used in large cages needed by adult Red Tailed Boas,Common Boas, Madagascan Ground Boas and Dumeril’s Boa. In small cages kept in a warm room only a heat pad may be needed.

Arboreal Boas

Amazon Tree Boas and Emerald Tree Boas spend their time perching on logs or branches at the top of the cage and require heat from above. Use an infrared heat lamp or ceramic heat emitter. Make sure the boa cannot come in direct contact with the lamp or heat emitter to prevent burns.Amazon Tree Boas and Emerald Tree Boas are rain forest snakes and a heater must be provided during winter and during summer cold fronts.

Sand Boas

Kenyan Sand Boas and Rough Scaled Sand Boas are small desert species that spend most of their time burrowing under the cage substrate. The best way to heat Sand Boas is to place a heat pad underneath a portion of the substrate creating a hot spot for the Sand Boa to warm up on. Lying on the warm spot created by the heat pad will allow your Sand Boa to properly digest its food. Heat pads are great for gravid female Sand Boas as it gives of the heat required for the young to develop.

Rosy Boas

These small boas are from North America and can tolerate temperatures much lower than a tropical species. A heat pad placed under the substrate or a low wattage infrared light will provide the extra heat required in winter.

Pacific Ground Boas

These small tropical boas can be heated using a heat pad and an infrared heat lamp. Both a heat pad and infrared heat lamp are needed as this species comes from the tropical islands of the Pacific.