Pets at home corn snakes
These reptiles are currently only available in our Stockport, Fort Kinnaird and New Malden stores.
Please contact these stores directly to check for availability before travelling.
Rainbow Boas make fascinating pets for adults and children of all ages.
They are relatively easy to keep and care for once set up in the correct environment.
They are easy to handle and following regular handling will become fairly tame.
Rainbow Boas will often live for over 20 years, so will be a long term commitment for anyone thinking of keeping one.
They grow to around 150-200cm and are more heavy-bodied snakes compared to others such as cornsnakes.
These snakes are nocturnal, becoming most active after dark, so they will hide and sleep during the daytime when the light is switched on and will then come out when the lights are turned off.
They are terrestrial meaning they spend most of their time on the ground; however they will enjoy climbing over vivarium decor given the chance.
Their name comes from the iridescence of their scales, which scatters light, producing a very pretty rainbow effect.
Rainbow Boas do not have the same needs for companionship as most mammals do, so are happily kept on their own.
It is advisable to keep them singularly as aggression can be shown between individuals.
A healthy snake will shed its skin in one piece, often around some of the vivarium decor.
If the snake sheds in multiple skin pieces it is a good indication the humidity in the enclosure may need increasing.
Following a shed, it is essential for you to ensure that all the skin has been removed, especially around the eyes and tip of the tail.
Any remaining skin should be bathed and gently rubbed to assist in removal of the excess skin.
All vets have a basic understanding of reptiles but those with a specialist interest are worth seeking out.