Experience: Average snake keeper
Food: Live or dead prey. Primary prey animals are mice and rats.
Adult feeding: every 7 to 10 days.
Feeding young: Every 5 to 6 days
Water basin: Yes
Change water: 3 times a week
There is a choice to offer the prey animals alive or dead. Although it is advisable to offer your brown rainbow boa dead prey. This is because it is more practical and prevents the food from injuring your snake. In addition, it is advised to offer the food animal with a pair of tongs and feed your snake outside the accommodation. This ensures that your hand is not associated with food and prevents you from taking a snake at your hand during feeding. If you go for live food, you must supervise it during feeding. If you hold the brown rainbow boa together with other snakes, you will have to take them apart for feeding, this will prevent the snakes from injuring each other while feeding.
Brown rainbow boas often suffer from obesity in captivity, so it is important that you regularly weigh your snake and adjust feeding accordingly. Obesity can cause various health problems.
In addition to a source of water, the water basin will also be used as a bath. Therefore, keep in mind that the water bowl is large enough for the snake to be able to lie with its entire body. The fact that the snake uses its water basin for bathing ensures that the water is contaminated faster. Changing the water more often is not a problem if the water has become dirty.
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 enclosure must be cleaned and disinfected a few times a year to prevent the build-up of bacteria.
To feed the brown rainbow and to be able to clean the accommodation you will have to use the snake. When handling your snake, use a snake hook or lift it with both hands. Do not hang your snake around your neck, this is because if the snake falls it will clamp itself around your neck. There are some important things to look out for when handling a brown 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. Lastly, do not handle your snake when it is peeling and do not handle it in the dark.