Have you ever found yourself wandering around a reptile store, only to find yourself mesmerized with the numerous snakes on display? Quite often, people assume they’re incapable of caring for a large, scaly, reptile so they dismiss the idea entirely. Thankfully, Colombian Rainbow Boas are extremely impressive reptiles that can be both maintained and cared for by people of all skill levels!
A Colombian Rainbow Boa (scientifically named Epicrates Maurus) is a reptile closely related to the Rainbow Boa, which is home to the Amazon Basin of South America. Colombian Rainbows are one of the smaller sized Boas and are best known for their rainbow-like scales. The Colombian Rainbow Boa also works out to be great to own as a pet, and are priced at a generous price within the reptile community.
Although Colombian Rainbow Boas are less common than other Rainbow Boa morphs, they can still be found and purchased from a handful of breeders out there- running a business both online or in person. If you’re curious to discover more concerning everything that the Colombian Rainbow Boa has to offer, continue reading!
Colombian Rainbow Boa Colors
Colombian Rainbow Boas possess a more restricted coloring palette, as opposed to the other Rainbow Boa morphs. Nevertheless, they’re still considered to be a beautiful choice of reptile, both visually and physically.
You can expect your Colombian Rainbow Boa to be a brown, saddle-like color with darkish rings. This usually covers their entire backside, with a creamy, pearl-like color streaming down their belly.
Their scales are, of course, iridescent in appearance which contribute to their increased demand for ownership by humans.
Fun fact: Colombian Rainbow Boas change colors depending on the day, transition from light, silverish patterns in the day, and dark colors in the night.
How Much is a Colombian Rainbow Boa?
A single Colombian Rainbow Boa is priced at a decent price, considering the cost of snakes in this day and age. The average price you can expect to spend on a quality Colombian Rainbow Boa hatchling is anywhere from $80 onwards.
Depending on the place of purchase, you could pick up a slightly cheaper or expensive Columbian Rainbow Boa- like from an in-person breeder or pet store as opposed to online. However, this is the average price.
Keep in mind, the average cost listed above does not take into consideration additional costs required when owning a Columbian Rainbow Boa.
Examples of additional requirements that can influence the total cost of a Columbian Rainbow Boa are:
- Housing: Terrarium, tank, drawers
- Electricity: Lighting, heating
- Food and Water
What Do Baby Colombian Rainbow Boas Look Like?
A baby Colombian Rainbow Boa will always look significantly different than what they’ll look like once they reach full maturity. You can expect your baby Colombian Rainbow Boa to be more vibrant in coloration and pattern appearance.
Usually, you’ll notice dark lining around their patterns, a glossy-like brown or grey body-color, with iridescent scales. As they mature, it’s expected for your Colombian Rainbow to lose this pattern, often turning significantly dull or fading out entirely.
Colombian Rainbow Boas may also appear to have an orangey, red tinge to their color and pattern- which as mentioned, will almost always fade away.
How Big Do Colombian Rainbow Boa Get?
Did you know that a female Colombian Rainbow Boa is almost always larger in size compared to a male? On average, a male Colombian Rainbow Boa can grow as big as 4ft (1.2m) whereas a female Colombian Rainbow Boa can grow as big as 5ft! (1.5m)!
Columbian Rainbow Boas are significantly smaller in size in comparison to other Boa species, with the average Boa reaching as large as 8ft (2.4m)
Are Colombian Rainbow Boa Good Pets?
Owning a reptile is no longer “a thing of the past”, instead of in this day and age, reptile owners continuously confess and promote their love for more people to own snakes as pets! (Just like common household animals). The Colombian Rainbow Boa can serve as a good pet to own for many reasons, and here’s why.
To begin, this specific reptile is neither non-venomous or dangerous, meaning they’re less “risky” to own. They’re also extremely easy to care for, requiring minimal attention (as opposed to dogs, cats, or rabbits.)
Colombian Rainbow Boas are docile and are hardly aggressive. Which is a bonus in the “good pet department!”. They’re also perfect for both experienced or beginner reptile owners, as they’re less maintenance and easy to work with.
Despite the less commonality of Colombian Rainbow Boas, they’re overall still considered to be a fantastic pet to own and can bring you just as much love, respect, and companion as any other reptile/animal.
Are Colombian Rainbow Boas Aggressive?
In general, Colombian Rainbow Boas are rarely aggressive, however, they can bite when overwhelming instincts of threat or danger arise.
Although such a reptile isn’t poisonous nor venomous, they will bite and/or constrict their prey (also known as constrictors) as a means of defense. Despite the possibility of being bitten; rest assured that it won’t cause any significant harm to you, instead, it will just hurt… a lot.
Colombian Rainbow Boas, in fact, is rather relaxed. They can appear to be shy or reserved, especially after settling into a new home/environment, but for the most part, they’re docile and prefer to steer away from any unnecessary aggression.
Colombian Rainbow Boa Feeding Schedule
Your reptiles feeding schedule will depend on their age. So for younger Columbian Rainbow Boa hatchlings, expect to be feeding them pinkies once a week, or 3 – 5 days. As your reptile ages into adulthood, they should be fed large rats once every two weeks, or every 10 – 14 days.
Remember, it’s never OK to overfeed your reptile- as doing so can cause obesity or unnecessary weight gain.
Colombian Rainbow Boa Tank Size
The best tank size for a Colombian Rainbow Boa should be the perfect proportion considering their overall length. With that in mind, you want to choose a tank size that is at minimum 1200mm in length and 450mm in height.
For hatchlings, you can get away with using a smaller housing unit- that way they neither feel too exposed nor restricted in their enclosure. If your reptile ends up growing larger than expected, a tank that is no more than 5.5ft in length should be appropriate.
Difference Between Colombian and Brazilian Rainbow Boa
Although many people would argue that there is hardly any difference between a Colombian and Brazilian Rainbow Boa, one thing is for certain- and it’s their difference in coloring and overall pattern.
When you compare the difference between a Colombian and a Brazilian Rainbow Boa, you’ll notice that Colombian Rainbows tend to be lighter in color and duller in appearance. Brazilian Rainbow Boas are brighter and vibrant in appearance.
Colombian Rainbows also lose slowly their pattern as they mature, whereas Brazilian Rainbows keep the majority of their pattern from hatching to adulthood.
Colombian Rainbow Boa Morphs
If you’re obsessed with Colombian Rainbow Boas and are interested in further morphs that can be produced, continue reading to learn more about four different awesome Colombian Rainbow Boa morphs currently on the market!
1. T- Albino Colombian Rainbow Boa: Priced at a minimum of $500, Albino Colombian Rainbow Boas are creamy white-bodied snakes, with a yellowy/red blotchy pattern.
2. Caramel Albino Colombian Rainbow Boa: Extremely rare and few breeders producing them, Caramel Albino Colombian Rainbow Boas are priced at a hefty cost ranging from $2,100 – $2,940 depending on availability. This morph has dark black eyes, a light caramel-colored body, with grey iridescent patterns and scales. As they reach maturity, their body color turns into a beautiful pastel caramel, with dark brown “faded-like” patterns.
3. Anery Colombian Rainbow Boa: Priced between $490 – $600, the average cost you should expect to pay for this particular morph is $500. Anery Colombian Rainbow Boas produce a light-grey bodied background, accompanied by beigey-caramel toned patterns.
4. Paradigm Colombian Rainbow Boa: When you combine both a T- Albino and T+ Albino Colombian Rainbow Boa, you create a Paradigm. Paradigm CRB sells at a hefty price, anywhere between $1,850 – $2,200. Their appearance is similar to an Anery CRB, however, their bodies are beigey-caramel, and patterns are light, pastel-grey.