Small Breed Rescue of Southern California

Adoption Details For Silver Moon!





Type Snake
Primary Breed Common Boa Constrictor
Secondary Breed
Name Silver Moon
Gender Undetermined
Spayed / Neutered No
Primary Color Gray
Secondary Color Black
Pattern
Age 3 Year(s) 10 Month(s) Old
Weight 2 lbs. 4 oz.
Markings
Hello! My name is Silver Moon and I would love to find my forever family - could it be you?

Being nocturnal, I spend most of the day sleeping in my hide but I do like to come out in the evening to socialize. Sometimes I will still be awake in the morning, too!

Though there is no way to really tell what age I am, based on my size I am considered a juvenile. My species can live a long and healthy life of up to 20 to 30 years. Bringing me into your family is a lifelong commitment, for both of us!

Adult female boas will average 6 to 9 feet long, and adult male ball pythons average 5 to 7 feet in size. As a full adult I can weigh between 22 to 33 pounds.

I was at the shelter and was transferred to the rescue to find my forever home - I hope that is you!

I will require my own habitat that is secure with the right diet, habitat, substrate, temperature, and humidity. Don’t worry, the rescue will provide you with all the information that you will need to prepare for my arrival

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!

PLEASE NOTE:
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
Snake
Breed
Common Boa Constrictor
Introduction
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
Intermediate
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
80-90
Ambient Temp
80-90
Lowest Temp
75-80
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
Carnivore
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
Tropical
UVB Intensity
Low/Occasional
Ferguson Zone
2
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.
Substrate
Coco Chips
Substrate Notes
It’s extremely absorbent, fluffy, holds moisture well, and cheap. Plus it’s much more eco-friendly than peat.
Humidity
High (70-100%)
Humidity Notes
While boas can tollerate higher humidity for short periods of time, it can lead to resperatory infection. A humidity on the lower side near 75% is idea with periods of higher humidty durring shedding is best.


Animal Reference Material:

Category Title AnimalType Breed
Animal Care Choosing the right snake enclosure Snake
Animal Care Snake Habitats - Our Adoption Requirements Snake
Animal Care Snake UVB Lighting: What you need to know! Snake
Animal Care Common Boa Constrictor Care: Feeding, Housing, and Handling Snake Common Boa Constrictor