Amazon tree boa (ATB)
Garden tree boa
S Colombia (east of the Andes), S Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil (Amazonas, Bahia, Sergipe, Ceará, Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais, DF, Piauí, Acre), Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia; Windward Islands.
The Corallus Hortulanus or amazone tree boa (ATB) is a small sized boa. Usually 150 to 200 cm in length. When I saw the fresh imported animals from Surinam at Henk Wassenaar I bought my first couple off ATB’s one red male and a grey female.
Average size 1.5 -2 meter
The Corallus Hortulanusare housed in cages build from shuttering plywood 62 cm long, 75 cm wide and 60 cm high. I use newspaper as a substrate.
The temperature gradiënt varies between 24-26 degrees Celcius on the cool side with a basking site of
28-30 degrees Celcius. During the breeding season gradiënt between 21 degrees celcius and 26 degrees celcius.
Humidity around 60% – 80%.
The light period being used is 12hrs on and 12hrs off. When using lights also as heatsource make sure you put the light to one side of the enclosure. So don’t put it right in the middle. By putting it to the right side or left side of the enclosure you will create a warm side and a cooler side of the enclosure. This way your boa can choose for himself/herself what they want. Also put the waterbowl on the cool side of the enclosure, don’t put it underneath the light, this may cause waterrot. We use 28 watt lights, this creates about 28 – 30 degrees celsius as a hotspot.
Newborn boa’s will feed mostley a few days after the first shed. They need the first year a small enclosure with a lot of hiding places at the bottom and some higher hidding places. with a lot of leaves. Feeding from newborn untill the age of 2 years old it’s very important to feed every 7 days only proper sized preys. After 2-3 years they can be fed every 2 -3 weeks a small rat.
A male ATB will typically probe to a depth of 8+ sub caudal scale whereas a female will only probe to a depth of 4-8 sub caudal scales.