Do Amazon tree boas make good pets?
As the name suggests, Amazon tree boa, Corallus hortulana are stunning arboreal snakes native to the South American rainforests. They are a medium-sized, slender-bodied snake and tend to have a very enthusiastic feeding response, which can make them a little snappy when going into their enclosure. They can be tamed, but this can pose a challenge, it is, for this reason, that we recommend this species for more experienced keepers.
At Swell Reptiles, all our Amazon tree boas are captive bred in the US, meaning the taming process has generally already started as the snake is not completely wild, and you can be safe in the knowledge that your new snake is not carrying any parasites or disease from their wild environment.
What size enclosure does an Amazon tree boa need?
As they are decent sized snakes and live arboreally, Amazon tree boas should be kept in enclosures that are vertically oriented and provide them with plenty of space. We recommend a minimum enclosure size of 90 x 45 x 90cm (36 x 18 x 36”), but if you have the space to go bigger, this will certainly be beneficial to your snake.
A few good example enclosures would be most large glass terrariums, or the VivExotic Viva+ Arboreal Vivarium Large Deep which measures 115 x 61 x 91.5cm (4 x 2 x 3ft). If you opt for a wooden vivarium, it is important to use vivarium sealant around the inside joins, as Amazon tree boas have high humidity requirements and this can cause damage to the wood panels if moisture is allowed to seep in.
Do Amazon tree boas need to be heated?
As with all reptiles, Amazon tree boas are ectothermic and cannot control their internal body temperature without the help of external sources. They should, therefore, be provided with a thermogradient within their enclosure, giving them both a warm basking area of around 30°C (86°F) and a cooler area between 22-25°C (71-77°F) that will be nearer the floor for arboreal species.
This should be achieved using an overhead heating system and not a heat mat, as your gradient should be warmer overhead and cooler down below, plus, heat mats do not work well to heat such large enclosures. The best option is either a basking lamp and dimming thermostat, or a ceramic heater and pulse thermostat.