Rosy Boa
Lichanura trivirgata
   
     
   
general
description One of the smaller members of the boa family.
distribution Southwestern U.S.A.
(southern California, Arizona, and northern Mexico)
adult size 2' - 3'
hatchling size approx. 1'
life span approx. 15 years
venomousness Nonvenomous
subspecies trivirgata -- Mexican Rosy Boa
roseofusca -- Coastal Rosy Boa
gracia -- Desert Rosy Boa
housing
natural habitats Terrestrial; Dry and warm savannahs that experience little rainfall
cage It should be large instead of tall because it does not climb much. (e.g. Wooden Terrarium, Glass Terrarium)

Make sure it is escape-proof, easy to disinfect, free of sharp edges, dry, well ventilated, and hold heat to ensure proper temperatures.
substrate Cypress mulch, aspen, small wood chips, barks (e.g. Repti Bark, Coconut Bark), gravel, sand (e.g. Repti Sand)

Since it burrows, the depth of substrate should be at least 2" - 4"
activity period Nighttime (nocturnal);
give heat and help monitoring by infrared lamps (e.g. Nightlight Red Bulb, Infrared Heat Lamp) where the light is invisible for it but humans
temperature 23 - 28 ¢XC -- cooler area   (e.g. Daylight Blue Bulb)
21 - 24 ¢XC -- at night   (e.g. Nightlight Red Bulb, Infrared Heat Lamp, Ceramic Heat Emitter)
humidity 58 - 60 %
water dish A water dish (e.g. Rock water dish) can be available for it to drink or soak in.
hiding place Essential, a place for its privacy, security and sleep by day.

Possibllites include caves (e.g. Habbe Hut, Heat Cave), etc
diet
diet Carnivorous (meat-eating);
Rodents (e.g. mice, rats)
how often to feed? once every 5 - 7 days for hatchlings to juveniles;
once every 7 - 10 days for subadults to adults
notes 1. It needs a smaller prey than most of the pythons and boas else.
2. Feed it in the dark.
3. Do not ever move your hands near when it is feeding.
4. Do not handle it till a day after feeding.
reproduction
reproduction Ovoviviparous; 5 - 8 youngs are born each time
mating age from 3 - 4 years
   
         
 
     

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