Adoption Details For Rigatoni!

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Date Created:
2/15/2023 12:51:30 AM
7 Year(s) 4 Month(s) Old
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Common Boa Constrictor
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17 lbs

Hi! My name is Rigatoni and I am looking for my forever home - could it be with you?

I am a Common Boa Imperator but I have been mistaken for a Red Tailed Boa because my tail is so beautiful and I have a pearlescent glow to my scales that is almost reminiscent of a Rainbow Boa.

I have the typical Boa curiosity and desire to explore, but I am also happy to be calm and relaxed. My foster parents say I'm very sweet and easy to handle.

I was signed over to the shelter because my previous owner lost our home and they had no way to get a new place with me on the lease. They loved me, and they tried, but life happened, and let's face it, I'm a big snake at around 7 feet!.

Because of my size and my needs, I was transferred to the rescue to help me find my forever home. Could it be with you?

I am a large snake. My average length is between 5 and 9 ft long but I can grow as long as 12 ft! My lifespan can be from 20 - 30 yrs but again, some of us live 40 yrs long!

As a young and active boa, I require my own habitat that is big enough to accommodate my size now, and in the future that is secure. My new family must have reptile experience and preferably large snake experience, too.

With the right diet, habitat, substrate, temperature, and humidity I can live a long and healthy life!

If you think we may be a good match, or you would like to get to know me better, please click the Adoption Application button below and an adoption counselor will reach back out to you!

1- We can only accept applications from interested parties who are in or near San Diego County, California at this time.
2- We do not ship reptiles but we may be willing to work with you if you are willing to travel if you are still in Southern California.
3- #2 will depend on the animal that you are applying for and is at the discretion of the board of directors.

Quick Reference Guide

Animal Type
Common Boa Constrictor
Boa imperator is a wide-ranging species, living in both Central America and the northern parts of South America. As a result, the appearance of this snake varies greatly depending on the specific locality. As one of the smaller Boa species, they average between 4.2 ft. and 8.2 ft. in length when fully grown, but have been known to reach 12 ft. They usually weigh around 13 lb, although females are significantly larger than males. Lifespan in the wild is around 20–30 years, but 40 can be exceeded in captivity. These snakes are nocturnal, which means that they are most active at night.
Difficulty Notes
Boa imperator is one of the most common snakes kept in captivity; this is mainly due to their calm dispositions, impressive size potential and variety of color and pattern choices. It can be a little diffcult to read their body language if you are inexperienced. Captive common boas often tolerate being handled for extended periods.
Basking Temp
Ambient Temp
Lowest Temp
Temp Notes
Boas do best when there is a temperature gradient in their enclosure. Make sure to provide a hot end and cold end so that they can sel regulate thier own temperature.
Diet Notes
As a general rule, a meal should weigh no more than 10% of your boa’s weight, or no larger than the widest part of the snake’s body. In the first year it is best to feed weekly, but as the snake gets older its metabolism slows down and you will need to increase the time between feeding up to 4-6 weeks for an adult. This will need to be adjusted to your specific snake to maintain a healthy weight.
UVA Intensity
UVB Intensity
Ferguson Zone
Lighting Notes
While they are nocturnal, they may bask during the day when night-time temperatures are too low.
Enclosure Size
Large Semi-Arborial
Enclosure Notes
As semi-arboreal snakes, young Boa imperator may climb into trees and shrubs to forage; however, they become mostly terrestrial as they become older and heavier.
Coco Chips
Substrate Notes
It’s extremely absorbent, fluffy, holds moisture well, and cheap. Plus it’s much more eco-friendly than peat.
High (70-100%)
Humidity Notes
While boas can tollerate higher humidity for short periods of time, it can lead to resperatory infection. A target humidity on the lower side near 70% is ideal with periods of higher humidty durring shedding.

Animal Reference Material:

Category Title AnimalType Breed
Animal Care Common Boa Constrictor Care: Feeding, Housing, and Handling Snake Common Boa Constrictor
Animal Care Snake UVB Lighting: What you need to know! Snake