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Posted by Mark on May 17, 2002 at 16:34:10:
In Reply to: Re: optimum cage construction for boa posted by Matt harris on May 17, 2002 at 10:06:51:
: As for a field Guide, the new "Field Guide To Costa Rican Reptiles & Amphibians" by Twan Leenders is a good place to start....it came out last year. I don't know where you live, but I saw the guide for sale at a bookstore a couple blocks from the Pedestrian Mall in San Jose last month. It's readily available here in the states...try Amazon.com or Zoobooksales.com if you can't find it locally.
: As for optimum cage construction....Boas(B. constrictor) aren't that difficult to house. A square cage made of 3/4 or 1/2" plywood will suffice.....add some cutout windows with nylon coated wire mesh so they don't rub their noses raw. A locking hinged door will suffice. Assuming the animal is ~7' as an adult I would make the cage 1.5m x 1.5m x 0.5m as a minimum. If you have more space....bigger is not necessarily better, but it nevers hurts to have space. Give the snake suitable hiding spaces.
: That's the basic idea.
Thanks Matt! Which direction is the short side, ie does the boa prefer a horiz or vert orientation? Also, does he need any direct sun or total shade? Does he like exposure to rain?(This is an outdoor cage) When is the best time of day to feed? If I feed him with small rabbits, can i leave them in there unsupervised, or do they pose threat to the snake? I had planned a wire mesh bottom covered with pine straw or leaves. How does that sound? Sorry for all the questions but I have been unable to find such info on the net or elsewhere?