The rosy boa snake(scientific name: Lichanura trivirgata) is one of the smallest species in the Boidae family, non-toxic. The rose boa has long striped scales on its body, with the name coming from its rosy or Salmon coloration on its belly. This snake is mainly found in the southwestern United States, southern California, Arizona, and northern Mexico.
The rosy boa is one of only two species of Boa in the United States and is known for its ability to subdue prey by squeezing it with their bodies. Edward Drinker Cope named these snakes "trivirgata" in 1861 when he produced the first species description.
Nowadays, the docile temperament makes rosy boa ideal as a pet snake. Rosy boa snakes are small, nonvenomous, and well-suited for first-time keepers. If you are considering raising a docile, small reptile, the rosy boa is one of the ideal choices. Let's learn more facts about the rosy boa, including how big it will grow, its physical characteristics, and some tips on how to care for it.
Rosy Boa Size and Appearance
These small but strong rosy boa snakes are easily identified by the three tell-tale stripes along their body. The rosy boa snake has three longitudinal stripes in orange, black, brown, maroon, or rust colors. The name "trivirgata" comes from the three distinct stripes on their body. The stripes can be broken or neat and have high contrast. Rose boas make excellent pets. It is manageable in size, feeds well, breeds easily, and rose pythons are generally very docile and tolerate movement or touch well. This species thrives as a pet when you equip it with the correct snake supplies and keep reptile health and wellness recommendations in mind.
Average Size of Rosy Boa
Rosy boas range from 25 cm as hatchlings to almost 1.2 meters in length when mature, although such behemoths are rarely seen, even in captivity. Most rosy boas range from 0.5-1 meter long, have a body width of roughly 1.5-3 cm, and have an average weight of 0.4-0.5 kg. They are perfectly suited for keeping in a 10- or 15-gallon terrarium. The typical lifespan of the rosy boa is between 18-31 years with proper care.
|Scientific Name||Lichanura trivirgata|
|Average Length||0.5-1 m|
|Body Width||1.5-3 cm|
|Average Weight||0.4-0.5 kg|
Rosy boa snakes are generally active at dusk or night. This species favors underneath rocks, in crevices where it can escape predators and enjoy the cool; they often hibernate in hot summer and severe winter. Rosy boa usually inhabits desert, bushland, rocky mountain slopes, and scrubs. Its natural enemies mainly include owls, coyotes, and sand foxes. When attacked, the rose anaconda will roll its body into a ball to protect its head, release odor from its tail, and sometimes attck with bite.
Rosy boas are great eaters and thrive in captivity with proper temperature and light. The rosy boa doesn't like to climb up; you should choose a wider terrarium. The terrarium you prepare for it should be sure it cannot escape, is easy to clean, has no sharp openings, and is well-ventilated. Aspen, broken wood, bark, coconut shell, gravel, reptile sand, etc., can be laid in the breeding tank. You also need to set up privacy caves for your rosy boa, which can be artificial caves, such as tree holes, heating caves, etc. Just be aware that you need to feed it in the dark, and don't get your hands close while feeding.