The Dumerils Boa is also known as the Madagascan Ground Boa. They are typically docile snakes and grow to an adult size of between five and seven feet long.
DUMERILS BOA (Boa dumerili)
DUMERILS BOA is medium-sized snakes, very stocky in build and calm in temperament. Dumeril’s boas are clad in a variety of colors — peaches, tans, browns, grays, greens, and reds. They come from the drier southwestern regions of Madagascar where rainfall is minimal (but not desertlike).
Dumeril’s boas make great pet snakes, but I would not recommend them as a first pet snake. With this care sheet, you will learn husbandry techniques and required snake supplies. Dumeril’s boas have calm dispositions and rarely attempt to bite. All bites I have experienced from Dumeril’s boas have been from overzealous feeding. I have never been bitten in an aggressive/defensive manner.
Dumeril’s Boa Availability
Dumeril’s boas are readily available. There are several morphs that will be available in the future. You can find Dumeril’s boas for sale on the Internet and through online reptile shop/breeder websites, reptile specialty stores, and reptile shows and expos.
Dumeril’s Boa Size and Life Span
Dumeril’s boas range in size from 3 to 6 feet. Snakes up to 9 feet long are rare, but they are out there. Neonate Dumeril’s boas range in size from 12 to 18 inches. Dumeril’s boas are slow-growing snakes that take 3 to 5 years to fully mature. Dumeril’s boas have been known to live for more than 20 years. The oldest Dumeril’s boa in my collection is 16 years old.
Dumeril’s Boa Caging and Substrate
Neonate Dumeril’s boas can be kept in 5 to 10-gallon glass reptile terrariums or in a shoebox- or sweater box-style rack system. Juvenile Dumeril’s boas up to about 3 feet in length can be kept in a glass, wood, or plastic enclosure measuring 2 feet long by 2 feet deep by 14 inches tall. Adult Dumeril’s boas should be kept in enclosures measuring 4 feet long by 2 feet deep by 14 inches tall. Snake substrate for your enclosure can consist of newspaper, brown butcher paper, paper towels, aspen shaving, or cypress mulch. Do not use cedar or pine shavings! Cedar and pine can contain oils that can damage your snake’s skin and fumes that can lead to neurological issues. I use newspaper for a substrate. It is easy to clean and very easy to acquire.