Experience: Experienced snake keeper
Food: Live or dead prey. Primary prey animals are mice and rats.
Adult feeding: every 10 to 14 days.
Feeding young: Every 6 to 8 days
Water basin: Yes
Change water: 3 times a week
The Central American tree boas are real opportunistic hunters and can eat more often than is actually necessary. Adult specimens are perfectly capable of devouring a mature rat. While with young snakes it is better to arrive with a smaller size. The rule is: at the widest, the prey must be about the same width as the widest part of the snake.
You can offer these prey alive or dead. Although it is more practical to let them get used to dead prey. It sometimes happens that the food animal injures your snake. If you go for live food, you will have to stay with it while feeding your snake, because most prey animals can also injure the snake. In addition, remove the snake from the accommodation and with a food tong, so that unnecessary injuries are prevented. If they are held together, it is wise to take them apart during feeding. It sometimes happens that the snakes catch the same prey or catch each other and this can lead to unnecessary injuries.
The Central American tree boa is a real tree dweller. Because of its tree-living style, they do not often have access to much water. For this reason, they only need a small water bowl in captivity
The Central American tree boa likes to spend its time higher in the residence. Here they will also do their business. Pay attention to this during cleaning and then clean the climbing branches and raised decking boards in addition to the floor. To keep the accommodation clean, cleaning once a week is enough. In addition to the weekly cleaning, the accommodation must be properly disinfected several times a year. This must be done so that unnecessary diseases or bacteria do not accumulate.
Just like many other full arboreal snakes, they can be defensive. This ensures that they are not easy to handle. To prevent unnecessary wounds, a snake hook will have to be used. Only handle it with your hands if you know that the snake is used to people. Always be calm while handling, this minimizes the stress on the snake. Finally, there are a few things that you should pay attention to. The snake cannot be handled in the dark and just after peeling. At such a moment, handling is extra stressful on the animal.