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Before you receive your shipment its important to understand how your boa's have been kept. Most importantly- PLEASE DO NOT FEED YOUR BABIES FOR AT LEAST 48 HOURS AFTER THEY ARE INTRODUCED TO THEIR NEW ENVIRONMENT.

We strongly suggest that your baby boa's first environment is something similar to the way its been kept here so as not to be intimidated by too much space. Your baby has been raised alone in a small environment since its birth shed. It is completely accustomed to a small, clean cage, versus a large cage with big windows.

Our neonates are housed in a 12-quart Rubbermaid plastic box with holes drilled for proper ventilation. They are kept on paper towels with a tall, white, deli cup of purified water until they are feeding weekly on frozen thawed hopper mice from a pair of tongs. Once feeding consistently, they are transitioned to aspen bedding with deli cups of fresh water imbedded in the substrate on the cool side of the box.

Your new baby/s have been kept at a constant temperature of approximately 85 degrees in the cool end of the environment with a hot spot of 95 degrees. Too often, boas are not kept warm enough to process their food properly.

We maintain our average humidity at 60+ %. This is accomplished by misting the environment on a daily basis. When they get ready to shed they are labeled as such and receive additional sprays of water to ensure a proper shedding cycle. Remember that boa's come from the Jungle, not the desert!

After several months of age, the babies are moved to a larger 26 quart Rubbermaid box, again with holes drilled in the sides for proper ventilation.

The number one mistake herpers make when receiving a new animal is offering too large of a food item. When a baby boa's diet is changed to a new food, its best to feed them a small meal the first few times to allow their digestive system to adjust. After their first few small meals then they can be fed the appropriate size.

Understanding how your new boa/s have been kept will ensure a perfect transition from our place to yours. Remember that success with your new baby/s will depend on husbandry, environment, heat, and humidity. With this in mind, your new boa's will become awesome adults!




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