Everything You Need to Know About Amazon Tree Boa Care

How can I take care of the Amazon Tree Boa?

When it comes to pets, and taking care of them, sometimes we want to go outside the box. Not all pets are the same, and to be honest, some pets can seem intimidating. This is where the Amazon Tree Boa comes into play. Make no mistake, this snake means serious business.

If you’ve ever wanted to care for an exotic pet like the Amazon Tree Boa, then you’re definitely in the right place. Today, we’ll be showing you everything you need to know in order to successfully take care of this South American reptile, and we’ll be giving you a brief profile of this snake as well.

Not all snakes are the same, and if you’ve ever heard of a Boa Constrictor snake, chances are they seem frightening at first. Luckily, believe it or not, if you take care of a snake properly it can actually be one of the best pets you can have. They’ve been known to show loyalty, care, and compassion.

The purpose of this guide

The purpose of this guide will be to show you exactly how to take care of the Amazon Tree Boa, and we’ll be breaking this down for you step-by-step the whole way through.

The Amazon tree boa.
The Amazon tree boa.

Some topics that we’ll be going over are as follows:

  • What exactly is an Amazon Tree Boa?
  • What type of habitat do I need to make for this snake?
  • What should I be feeding it?
  • Are they dangerous?
  • What are some tips I can follow to make sure things go more smoothly?

If you’ve been asking yourself any of those questions, then ease your mind, because they’re about to be answered in detail. You’ll be able to leave here today knowing everything you need to know about the Amazon Tree Boa.

So without wasting any more of your precious time, let’s dive right in, and start breaking this whole process down.

You ready?

What is an Amazon Tree Boa?

The Amazon Tree Boa is a snake that belongs to the reptile family, just like any other snake you’ll come across. If you want to get scientific for a second, the phylum that these snakes belong to is Chordata.

Now that we got that little fun fact out of the way, let’s take a look at exactly what you’ll want to know about these South American snakes. Therefore, before we dive into the meat and potatoes of this article, you’ll need to know what you’re looking at right?

The Amazon tree boa is an arboreal snake species.
The Amazon tree boa is an arboreal snake species.

What does an Amazon Tree Boa look like?

If you’ll be keeping this snake as a pet, you’ll want to know exactly what it looks like right? One of the main reasons that this snake is a preferred pet option, is due to the fact they can truly be beautiful creatures. They have a wide range of colors starting with black, but can even get as light as yellow as well.

 Plus, an adult Amazon Tree Boa, can even reach around 5 feet in length. For a snake, that’s pretty big, right?

Now while they might be rather lengthy, these snakes are not exactly gigantic. Typically, these snakes tend to be much smaller in diameter, which means that they’re not exactly big snakes. Some common appearances of this snake include, but are definitely not limited to:

  • Patterns of different colors
  • Red or yellow mixed patterns
  • Shapes of the patterns include Chevron shapes or even rhomboid type shapes
  • These snakes can either be more olive type in the color scale or tend to be on the brighter side as well

You should also keep in mind that these snakes are not solely referred to as Amazing Tree Boas, so there are actually some other names you should keep an eye out for.

These include:

So if you come across a snake with any of these titles, you’ll be pleased to hear that any one of those is an Amazon Tree Boa. Who doesn’t like a little variety right? There are also a few different types of these snakes that exist in the wild, and while they may have different names, the care process is essentially the same.

So let’s take a quick look at some of the other breeds you can find:

Each of these breeds functions the same way, but this is where the variation comes into play. For example, a Calico breed will be more bright in color than a Tiger breed. Now I know there is a lot of variation with these snakes, but don’t worry because the same rules apply. The only differences you’ll notice are with aggressive behavior and breeding preferences. We’ll touch more on those aspects of care later.

So where are they from exactly?

As the name suggests, these snakes hail from South American and call the Amazon home. This is where they tend to live out in the wild, and that’s due to the high amount of tree coverage and species variation that goes on there.

If you’re curious about what counties you will find the Amazon Tree Boa in, they tend to reside in:

So as the name suggests, you can find these snakes in most parts of the Amazon, and it’s definitely a South American snake. These snakes also tend to like areas with lower elevations, so you won’t be finding them high up in the Andes mountains.

Are they dangerous to humans?

Before you dive right into having a pet snake, chances are you’ll want to know if they can be of harm to you. A snake is not like a dog, and most people will sleep with one eye open if they’re living with a snake. This is definitely true of the Amazon Tree Boa, and during the night, you’ll want to make sure it’s not roaming around your home.

While the Amazon Tree Boa can pose some danger to humans, that danger is not life-threatening. Sure, they can bite you, but their bite tends to be more gentle than most snakes. Please keep in mind that while their bite may be gentle, that doesn’t mean it won’t draw blood. Also, these snakes do tend to be a bit more on the aggressive side, but that’s really only during the night hours. This is due to the fact that these snakes hunt at night, so handle them with caution when the sun is down.

Is the Amazon Tree Boa venomous?

One of the biggest concerns people have about handling snakes is the venom. Sure, the bite might hurt quite a bit, but what happens after? Some snakes can be quite deadly to humans, and it’s advised that you shy away from keeping those types of snakes as pets. Now, with that being said, you can rest easy knowing that the Amazon Tree Boa is not a venomous snake. So while the bite may hurt, it won’t harm you in the long run.

Amazon tree boa captive habitat.
Amazon tree boa captive habitat.

What does their habitat look like?

The Amazon Tree Boa is a coldblooded reptile, which means that it relies on the sun for heat. This is why it resides in the Amazon because its proximity to the equator allows for an ample amount of heat to keep this snake warm. They’ll typically be found near or on trees, as the name suggests, and they prefer living in areas that have exposure to rodents for food.

The Amazon Tree Boa is keen on humidity, and this is another reason they love the Amazon area so much. The ample amount of rainfall and a high concentration of water are definitely one of the most important factors that this snake takes into consideration. While tree boa is in the name, it doesn’t mean that they climb high up into the larger areas of the forest. Believe it or not, these snakes actually prefer to climb horizontally as opposed to vertically. You’ll want to keep this all in mind because we’ll be touching more on these facts later on.

The Amazon Tree Boa might seem like an intimidating pet to have, but once you know the facts, you’ll find that they really pose no threat to you. If you have a pet mouse, on the other hand, chances are you’ll want to keep the two separate.

What type of habitat do I need for an Amazon Tree Boa?

Now that you know the basics, it’s time to get down to business here. This section will show you everything you need to know about caring for one of these snakes, and the tools you’ll need to do so effectively. One of the most important parts of having one of these snakes as pets is their habitat. This can make or break their trust of you, and you never want that to be an early issue. So let’s dive right in and take a look.

These snakes make great display animals

So what should I start with, how does this all come together?

The first thing you’ll need is a cage to keep this reptile in. The tricky part about snake enclosures is that you need to adjust the size based on the type of snake you’re working with. For the Amazon Tree Boa, you’ll want to make sure the cage is at least around 2-3 feet tall, but length is going to be the main focus here. As for the type of cage you go with, this is more geared towards your preference. You can opt for either a glass enclosure or even go with standard cage options as well.

The reason you’ll want to focus on the length of your cage is due to the fact that these snakes tend to enjoy climbing horizontally as opposed to vertically. Therefore, if you want to keep your Amazon Tree Boa happy, you’ll want to give it at least 3-4 feet of room to move about the base of the cage freely. So when everything is all said and done, you’ll be looking at a pretty decently sized cage.

What should I put in the cage?

Next, you’ll want to start decorating your cage. The Amazon Tree Boa is a snake that enjoys climbing on and around trees right? Therefore, making sure your enclosure is filled with plenty of branches to climb across is essential. Aside from that, you can really get creative with your choices.

The habit of these snakes tends to be one that’s relatively damp and humid. They love the rainforest because it produces ample heat and rainwater. So for your enclosure, you’ll want to emulate that environment as closely as possible.

Here are a few things you might want to add in:

  • Plenty of plants and flora around the enclosure
  • A terrain that mirrors that of the Amazon’s forest flooring (a terrarium that’s tropical will work best)
  • Substrate from paper towels for bedding also works well
  • Other substrate alternatives include newspapers and coconut husk bedding

When it comes to your enclosure, a lot of this really comes to aesthetic value. Amazon Tree Boas are quite capable of surviving so long as the basic needs are covered, so it really depends on how you want the enclosure to look in your home.

The last thing you should know is that when they’re young, they’re not as versatile. This means that adding in cage shelving can play a big role in making them happy, and at the end of the day, you can always remove these as the snake grows older.

What else does the Amazon Tree Boa need to be happy?

The last couple of things are pretty self-explanatory, but you’ll definitely want to know about them. The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure that your snake has plenty of water. While you may not have to feed a snake as much, that doesn’t mean you can also start slacking in the water department.

The last thing that your enclosure will need is a heat source. Snakes are coldblooded, as we touched on briefly before, so you’ll want to make sure that your snake has an ample amount of heat. Heat lamps work well, and they should be set right around 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. You don’t need to leave them on all night, but they should be on for at least a few hours during the day.

Believe it or not, but the Amazon Tree Boa is actually a pretty low maintenance pet. Once you have the cage setup, you really don’t need to do too much else to keep it happy.

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What on Earth do I feed it, and how often?

The most essential part of taking care of any pet is feeding them. Obviously, if it doesn’t eat it will live a rather short life. Unfortunately, snakes are tricky pets, and it’s not always easy to gauge how much you should be feeding. Luckily, this section is designed to show you exactly what to feed your new snake, as well as how often. Let’s take a look.

Various frozen rodents
Various frozen rodents

What does the Amazon tree boa eat? 

The Amazon Tree Boa, like most snakes, tends to make a nice meal out of rodents. So when it comes to feeding your snake, you’ll want to make sure it’s fed what it likes right? Happy snake happy life. Luckily, it’s fairly easy to find a good source of food. Common mice that you’ll find at your local pet store make a pretty good meal, and they’re not too expensive either.

How often should I feed it?

Snakes can be hard to gauge when it comes to food, but as with any other snake, you should be feeding your Amazon Tree Boa at least once every 9-14 days. You don’t want to feed them too much, so one full mouse should definitely do the trick every week and a half. You should also make sure that you’re not feeding the snake a rodent that is too large because it can end up leading to regurgitation.

Use hemostats or tongs to help avoid accidental food response bites.

As long you feed your Amazon Tree Boa once every week and a half or so, you’ll have no problems. Unfortunately, if you fail to do so, this snake can get quite aggressive. Nobody likes an aggressive snake right? So just make sure you don’t forget about your little friend.

How should I handle this snake?

When it comes to having an Amazon Tree Boa as a pet, chances are you’ll want to do more than just look at it right? Therefore, if you want to have some fun with your new little friend, this is a section you’ll want to pay very close attention to. While they’re a bit more aggressive than other types of snakes, that doesn’t mean you can’t handle your snake from time to time.

A small snake hook
A small snake hook is useful in handling Amazon tree boas.

First things first… gloves

If you don’t want to get hurt, when it comes to handling the Amazon Tree Boa, you’ll want to make sure that you keep a pair of gloves handy. They don’t need to be crazy thick, but you’ll want something stronger than just rubber gloves if you want to avoid an injury. This is due to the fact that these snakes like to bite, and while they will give you a warning, sometimes a bite can be hard to avoid.

The gloves also serve two purposes, because they’ll help mask the heat source coming from your hands. The Amazon Tree Boa knows exactly what heat means, and it can mean either a food source or imminent danger. Using gloves will definitely help you ward this off at first, and you can phase this out as the snake gets more used to you.

Also, use snake hooks to avoid bites from your Amazon tree boa.

When it comes time to clean the enclosure, what should I do?

This can be the most frightening part about owning a snake because this is where you’ll be susceptible to a nasty bite. So when it comes time to clean the enclosure, while you don’t need to touch the snake, you should still wear gloves just in case. At the end of the day, as long as the snake is well fed, it shouldn’t bother you while you clean up the enclosure. Just make sure you change whatever type of bedding you have down weekly, and if it sheds its skin, you’ll want to clean that out as well.

Handling an Amazon tree boa
Handling an Amazon tree boa. Be careful, these snakes are likely to bite.

Can I hold my Amazon tree boa?

While you can hold this type of snake, it’s not a good idea until it gets a bit more used to you. Snakes have two primary ways of killing prey, and one way is constriction. So while it’s safe to hold it, you might want to shy away from being too interactive with it at first. This will change as time goes on, but you should always try and keep it away from your neck or you could be in for a fight.

When it comes to handling the Amazon Tree Boa, all it comes down to is care. If you’ve been taking good care of it chances are it won’t bite, and while it might seem aggressive, cleaning the enclosure shouldn’t be a problem.

How do they breed?

The Amazon Tree Boa is not exactly the easiest snake out there to get your hands on, and if you want more, breeding is not always a bad idea. Luckily, this section will show you everything you need to know if you want to start breeding this snake. This process is fairly simple but needs to be done with care.

To begin with, this is relatively self-explanatory, and you’ll need two snakes for obvious reasons. You’ll want to make sure that you take care of both snakes because the more satisfied they are the more likely they’ll be to mate. Also, before you just let nature take its course, you should turn the heat source down a lot. You’ll want you’ll emulate mating season, which is the fall, so you can safely turn the heat lamps down to about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This will help them figure out it’s time to mate and will give you the best chance to see it happen.

It’s also safe to breed opposite types of breeds together as well, so if you have a Tiger male and a Leopard female, you can safely pair them up. Plus, if you get lucky, you can get some really interesting patterns and colors out of this process.

When it comes to breeding an Amazon Tree Boa, you’ll want to make sure that you emulate the typical breeding environment that they’re accustomed to. Also, try and keep multiple males away from a single female. This is due to the fact that they can get aggressive, and actually end up hurting each other.

Are there any solid tips I can follow?

Now that you know what taking care of an Amazon Tree Boa entails, you’ll probably want to know about some quick tips to follow right? After all, you want your snake to be as happy as you are right? So let’s take a look at 5 tips you can follow to properly handle your new little friend. If you want things to go smoothly, you’ll definitely want to pay close attention to this section.

Gloves

We cannot stress this to you enough, and at the end of the day, this is extremely important. If you want to avoid injuries, bites, or any other implications, gloves are your first line of defense. As we’ve mentioned earlier, make sure you do better than rubber gloves. As we’ve mentioned earlier, you can always phase this out as time goes on.

Hooks

The use of snake hooks originally intended for venomous snakes comes in handy when it’s necessary to handle your Amazon tree boa while cleaning its enclosure or moving it to another one.

Keep your Amazon Tree Boa well-fed but don’t overfeed

It might not always be easy to determine if your snake is well fed or not, but making sure it’s always welp fed is important. As we’ve shown you earlier, make sure you always follow the recommended feeding amount based on the size and gender of your snake. If you don’t keep your snake properly fed, it might start looking at you as its next meal.

Remember, less is more when feeding an Amazon tree boa. 9 to 14 days is recommended. 

Don’t mix two males, especially if there is a female at play

If you want your snake to mate, one male and female is plenty to get the job done. Unfortunately, these male snakes can get quite aggressive if you leave two males together. Therefore, when it comes to having multiple Amazon Tree Boas, you’ll want to make sure you don’t overfill the enclosure.

Watch your hands, because they’re highly sensitive reptiles

When it comes to these snakes, they tend to be very sensual. This means that you’ll want to make sure that you interact with your Amazon Tree Boa, at first, with something cold instead. These snakes tend to associate heat with either a snack or danger, which means that you don’t want to scare them off with the warmth of your hand. While they may not bite, the heat from your hands alone can be offsetting to these snakes.

Humidity is key here

Something that we didn’t touch on a lot before was humility, and at the end of the day, this can be extremely important. This is due to the fact that these snakes tend to love moisture, so if you don’t want to make an Amazon Tree Boa unhappy, make sure that you keep the humidity levels around 80%.

The trick with humidity is to keep it higher at night, and this can simply be done by turning off the heat source. Unfortunately, while the heat lamps can actually be vital to the health of your snake, they can actually end up burning up valuable humidity. Luckily, in the night hours, humidity tends to actually increase anyway. Not only will this emulate night for your snake, but it will make sure they get enough moisture as well.

If you follow these essential tips and tricks, you’ll run into no problems when it comes to taking care of your Amazon Tree Boa snake. While some are easier than others, the humidity portion of this section is crucial to follow.

Wash your hands before and after handling any reptile or amphibian

Never forget that reptiles and amphibians can carry salmonella. Always wash your hands before handling to make them safe for the animal. Wash your hands after handling the animal to make them safe for you. Avoid putting your hands close to your mouth or eyes after handling reptiles or amphibians until thoroughly washing them with soap and warm water.

Conclusion

The Amazon Tree Boa might seem intimidating, but hopefully, if you made it this far you’ve learned that they’re really not that bad. These snakes can make a great pet, and aside from that, they’re not as dangerous as some other snakes you’ll find out there.

Now we know that we threw a lot at you, and it’s okay if it all seems a bit overwhelming. If you find yourself struggling along the way, you can always refer back to this guide to answer any questions you may have.

While it’s not too hard to take care of an Amazon Tree Boa, you’ll want to make sure that you always handle it with care. A bite can hurt, and at times they can be a bit aggressive.

Luckily, if you made it this far, there is nothing left for us to teach you. You’re ready to acquire, take care of, and enjoy an Amazon Tree Boa. This is a pet that will definitely spend many years with you if treated properly, and will definitely get a rise out of any guests.

Now that you know what to do, how will you care for your Amazon Tree Boa?

Everything You Need to Know About Amazon Tree Boa Care

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