Experience: Experienced snake keeper
Food: Live or dead prey.
Adult feeding: Every 15 to 20 days
Feeding young: Every 7 to 10 days
Water basin: Yes
Change water: 3 times a week
The viperboa eats a diet of reptiles and amphibians in the wild and will occasionally catch a small rodent. This makes viperboas that are not used to rodents more difficult to eat. If an viperboa is used to eating rodents, they are good in terms of food. One way to get the animals used to rodents is to coat the rodents with a lizard or frog. The other option is assist or coercion. Make sure that you and the animal's safety are at the forefront. The fist rules for prey large is the prey is as thick as thickest part of the snake. These prey animals can be offered alive or dead. Although for convenience's sake it is recommended to offer dead prey. This is more practical and sometimes live prey can injure the 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 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.
Like other boas, this boa is a true water lover. In addition to drinking, they also bathe in it. The water basin must therefore be large enough for the snake to be able to bathe in with its entire body. This soaking can cause the water to get dirty, so it is not a problem if the water is changed more than 3 times a week.
To prevent diseases and bacterial accumulation, the accommodation must be kept clean. This can be done by doing this on a weekly basis, and it is also advisable to thoroughly clean and disinfect the accommodation a few times a year. This prevents the build-up of bacteria. When cleaning, make sure that you also clean the climbing branches and elevations.
To feed the viperboa 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 viperboa. First make sure that your snake understands that you are going to handle it and move gently when you handle it. Also make sure 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.