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Beginner's Guide To Brazilian Rainbow Boas
Brazilian Rainbow Boa Care Sheet
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Brazilian Rainbow Boas Dumerils Boas

Beginner's Guide To Brazilian Rainbow Boas

Do Brazilian Rainbow Boas make good first snakes?

Although there is an old notion that they are an intermediate level snake, Brazilian Rainbow Boas are great for beginners for a few reasons:

-Brazilian Rainbow Boas are one of the most beautiful snakes on the planet.
-They are easy to handle and typically have a mellow temperament once they get past the nippy baby phase.
-Rainbow Boas have a strong feeding response and are usually very consistent eaters.
-Even full grown, Brazilian Rainbow Boas stay a manageable length of 5-7 feet long.

The main factor that deters people from buying a Brazilian Rainbow Boa is that they require higher humidity than some other species of snakes.  However, humidity can be easily maintained by using a cage with limited ventilation, a large water bowl, and a damp hide box.  With a properly set up cage, Brazilian Rainbow Boas are simple to care for.

You're interested in Brazilian Rainbow Boas, what should you do next?

Before you buy your first Brazilian Rainbow Boa, do your research and learn how to care for them properly.  Ideally, you should have its cage set up before you have it shipped or bring it home.  This will ensure that the cage will maintain the proper temperature and humidity before your new baby moves in.

Brazilian Rainbow Boas can live in excess of 20 years.  When you decide to buy a BRB or any other snake, you are making a commitment to take care of it for the duration of its life.  If for any reason you are unable or unwilling to care for it properly, it is your responsibility to get it into the hands of someone who can.

Where do you buy a Brazilian Rainbow Boa?

One of your first considerations when you decide to buy a Brazilian Rainbow Boa should be picking a reputible breeder.  Whether you buy your first Rainbow Boa online or at a reptile show, you should try to pick a breeder with a good reputation for selling healthy animals.  If you're buying a Brazilian Rainbow Boa online, you should be able to look at individual baby pictures and photos of the parents of the litter.  Also, you want to find a knowlegable breeder who's happy to answer any questions you may have before and after you bring your BRB home.

How do you pick out a Baby Brazilian Rainbow Boa?

Brazilian Rainbow Boas normally range from Deep Red to Bright Orange color.  Breeders most commonly sell Brazilian Rainbow Boas as babies rather than adults.  The challenge in picking colorful Brazilian Rainbow Boas is that they gradually obtain their full color in the first 18-24 months of life.  Some of the best indications of a baby's color potential are the color of the parents and the color of siblings from previous litters.  Next you should look at individual pictures of the babies you're considering.  Brightly colored babies generally turn into great looking adults.

Do you want to buy a Brazilian Rainbow Boa with a color or pattern morph?

Normal Brazilian Rainbow Boas are anything but ordinary.  Brazilian Rainbow Boas without any genetic morphs look simply amazing.  They are easily some of the most beautiful snakes in the world.  However, maybe you would like something notibly unique.  Brazilian Rainbow Boas come in a variety of color and pattern morphs.  Maybe you would like a Hypomelanistic or Anerythristic Brazilian Rainbow Boa.  You may also be interested in Brazilian Rainbow Boas with a Pearl or Bullseye pattern.

What do you do after you bring your BRB home?

When your Brazilian Rainbow Boa arrives, you should look it over to ensure that it appears healthy.  If you have any concerns, you should contact the breeder immediately.  You'll probably notice that your Rainbow Boa looks even better in person than can ever be captured in a photo.  Next, put your BRB in its cage and give it time to adapt to the new surroundings.  It's best to avoid handling and feeding your Brazilian Rainbow Boa for about a week to minimize stress, and give it a chance to get settled in.


Initially, it's best to handle Brazilian Rainbow Boas during the day in a well lit room.  A good way to pick up a Brazilian Rainbow Boa is by gently sliding your hand underneath it.  Try to avoid grabbing from above, and use slow and steady movements with your Rainbow Boa.  We want to keep handling a positive experience, so start off by holding the snake a few minutes at a time, several days a week.  Gradually as your Brazilian Rainbow Boa becomes more comfortable with human contact, you can hold it for longer periods of time without causing undue stress.  Avoid handling your Boa for 24-48 hours after eating to give it time to digest its food.

First Feeding

You'll have the best luck feeding your new Brazilian Rainbow Boa at night in a dimly lit room.  This should make your snake feel at ease.  Next you take a frozen/thawed or freshly killed rodent and wiggle it gently in front of the snake.  Brazilian Rainbow Boas will usually strike within moments.  If your snake is hesitant to strike but interested in the food, you can gently rub the food against its nose until it takes the rodent in its mouth.  If it still doesn't eat, you can leave the dead rodent in the cage overnight and see if it magically disappears by morning.

What if my Brazilian Rainbow Boa doesn't eat?

Some common reasons a Brazilian Rainbow Boa may refuse food are if it's getting ready to shed or the temperature and humidity may not be ideal.  If your snake refuses to eat, make sure the cage conditions are set up properly and try again in a week.


The first indications that your Brazilian Rainbow Boa is getting ready to shed may be that its color begins to look dull and its belly may appear slightly pink.  Brazilian Rainbow Boas often refuse food when they're getting ready to shed.  About a week after your snake's color fades and begins to look cloudy, it will rub against objects in the cage until its outer layer of skin rolls off like a stocking.  Brazilian Rainbow Boas show off their best color after shedding.  This is a great time to break out your camera.


This guide is designed as a general overview of what you may experience when you buy your first Brazilian Rainbow Boa.  You can find additional information in our Brazilian Rainbow Boa Care Sheet, and Brazilian Rainbow Boa FAQ's.  If you have any questions, feel free to Email Us at

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