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Suriname redtail boa (Boa c. constrictor)

Suriname redtail boas are one of the most popular boid snakes among the reptile keepers due to their exceptional coloration and patterns.
Adult females can reach more than 3 meters (10 ft) in length, however the average is around 2-2,5 meters (7-8 ft). Tails are cherry-red colored, number of saddle patterns are between 17-20. The ventral surface is cream colored, flecked by lot of black speckles.

Most specimens were WC in captivity for some time, although they had been bred in captivity in the US and West Europe. Nowadays, captive born babies are widely available and it is worth to prefer these healthy boas in contast with WC animals in questionable health condition.


WC female from Suriname


If one chooses a wild caught specimen, presence of internal and external parasites must always be checked and rechecked. Even if boas are free of ticks and mites by the time of getting to a new owner, they do have internal parasites in large quantity. To confirm that, examination of feces is strongly recommended. Quarantine period- as in case of every freshly arrived snake -is definitely needed.


Suriname boas feature a typical, bright, shining red tail.


Unfortunately, Suriname redtail boas tend to be less tolerant for improper conditions than most Boa c. imperator from Central America. Breeding these beautiful boas is an ultimate challenge. These serpents are considered as the one of the most difficult snakes to breed in captive circumstances. Successful breeding can be achieved only by proper stimulation of enviroment.


Suriname redtails are rightfully among the most popular snakes in captivity.


We used to think that Suriname redtails have an unpredictable temperament and are often aggressive snakes. Nowadays-, as there are more CB specimens in captivity -it seems that this is rather a characteristic of WC animals and not a general phenomenon. Captive born boas and WC specimens that have been caught as a juvenile can adapt very well in captivity and with regular handling most will become calm, docile animals.

For feeding- especially in early age- only proper sized rodents should be used, with long enough periods between each feedings. Otherwise, baby boas often regurgitate. This "regurgitation syndrome" is one of the most common reasons of deaths in Suriname redtails.

To avoid this, juveniles should be fed once every 10-14 days in the first 2 years of their live. Adult females and males are fed- as boas are in general -once every 2-3 and 3-4 weeks. Although their tendency to regurgitate usually disappears by age 2-3, we rather recommend to feed them with moderate sized food.

Although Suriname redtails are less tolerant towards improper hausing than Boa c. imperator, we strongly encourage every snake enthusiasts for keeping these gorgeous redtail boas. As long as proper care (temperature, feeding) is applied-, which is neccessary for every other species/subspecies even if they are more tolerant -Suriname redtail boas are easy to handle, long-living, problem free creatures.


A holdback couple from our 2010 litter


We succsessfully bred Surinames for the first time in summer of 2010, that made us the first breeders of this locality in Hungary. Both parents were WC, thus their F1 offspring represented a brand new, unrelated bloodline. We hold back a couple from the litter of 16 babies to be able to breed this line in the future, as well.

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