The terrarium should have a warm side and a cool side. During the day, boas like temperatures between 85 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit on the warm side of the tank, and between 75 F and 80 F on the cool side. At night, the whole tank should be between 65 F and 70 F. A heat bulb or ceramic heat emitter will keep the warm side at the right temperature. Use a thermometer at each end to help you regulate the habitat overall.
The habitat’s humidity should be between 30% and 50%. Use a hygrometer — a device that measures humidity — to keep track.
Boas require lighting that mimics day and night. Use a fluorescent bulb in the habitat to mimic daylight for 12 hours a day.
At night, switch to a night-specific bulb so you can watch your boa with minimum disturbance.
Try not to handle new boas for three or four days to give them a chance to get acclimated to their new surroundings. Whether your boa is new or settled-in, be sure to contact a vet if you notice any of these symptoms of illness or distress:
More time spent hiding
Eating or drinking less; weight loss
Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth
Runny droppings for more than two days
If you have questions about the health of your boa, talk to a PetSmart store associate or a veterinarian who knows snake health.
Pets purchased at PetSmart are part of our exclusive Vet Assured™ program, designed by PetSmart veterinarians to help improve the health and well-being of our pets. Our vendors meet a high standard in caring for pets and screening them for common illnesses. This program also includes specific standards for in-store pet care.
The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price.