Experience: Average snake keeper
Food: Live or dead prey.
Adult feeding: Every 8 to 12 days.
Feeding young: Every 7 to 8 days
Water basin: Yes
Change water: 3 times a week
Like the other boa species, the Argentinian rainbow boa is a real constricting snake, so it can also eat prey larger than its head. In the wild they eat a varied diet of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. But in captivity, a diet of rodents, including mainly mice and rats, is enough. It is advisable to offer this death. This is more practical and prevents the feed animals from injuring your snake. We advise you to provide the feed animals with a pair of tongs and to feed your snake outside the accommodation. This has the advantage that your hand is not associated with food.
If you go for live food, you must supervise it during feeding. If you hold the rainbow boa together with other snakes, you will have to take them apart for feeding, as it sometimes happens that the snakes injure each other while feeding.
In captivity, Argentinian rainbow boas often suffer from obesity, so it is important that you regularly weigh your snake and adjust feeding accordingly. Obesity is associated with various other diseases and health problems.
The Argentinian rainbow boa is a water lover. This not only for drinking but also for bathing. To allow this, the water basin must be large enough for the boa to be able to lie in it with its entire body, and preferably even slightly larger.
To keep your snake healthy, a hygienic environment is important. To achieve this, the accommodation will have to be cleaned regularly. Cleaning once a week is regular enough. In addition, the entire stay must be cleaned and disinfected a few times a year to prevent the build-up of bacteria.
To feed the Argentinian rainbow boa and to clean the accommodation your snake will have to be handled. This must of course be done well, so that you and the snake are safe. Handle the snake with a snake hook or lift it with both hands. Do not hang your snake around your neck, because if the snake falls that will soon clamp around your neck. In addition, there are some important things to look out for when handeling a rainbow boa. First make sure that your snake understands that you are going to handle it and move gently when you handle it. Also make sure that your hands are washed and do not smell like food. Finally, do not handle your snake when it is peeling and do not handle it in the dark.