at Tue Dec 21 11:25:05 2004 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by markg ]
There is great info at www.rubberboas.com. Richard Hoyer knows a great deal. I can tell you how I kept mine, and they did great for me.
I used to maintain a few (a friend has them this year). They like cool temps but with a small basking area. I keep the basking spot at around 82 deg, but the rest of the tank stays at whatever the room is. They eat great in Spring, go on some fasts here and there, and then stop feeding for me in Summer. I cool them in Winter as cold as I can where I live, which means in the 50s and 60s usually, until mid Feb or so. These temps may not be cold enough for breeding (I never have tried), but the snakes seem just fine when they wake up in Spring.
Mine can be out any time of day or night but usually are most active at dusk. They will hide under objects in the cage or in the substrate, which is a mix of fir bark, pine shavings and Eco-earth (I think Eco-earth is ground-up coconut fiber).
Caution: Rubber boas do not like too warm a cage or too dry a cage. I always kept some of the cage dry and the other part slightly moist.
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