Boa constrictors are nonpoisonous snakes endemic to Central and South America. They are very big, with males measuring 6 to 8 feet and females measuring 8 to 10 feed. In the wild their diet is made up of amphibians, birds, lizards, small mammals and other snakes.
There are several factors to take into account when feeding boa constrictors in captivity.
The size of your boa will determine size and type of prey it can absorb. Young boas should eat infant or small young rats, or rabbits, while full-grown boas can consume huge rats, small chickens and compact rabbits that are frozen particularly for the purpose of feeding wildlife in captivity. Make sure that the size of the prey is not any bigger than the widest point of the boa’s midsection.
Never feed your boa live food as it may cause your snake to become competitive. In addition, the prey may escape or injury your boa. Never feed your snake wild animals. Wild animals may carry parasites or bacteria. Only feed your snake prey which were raised in sterile surroundings and fed organic diets which guarantee your pet won’t get contaminated with parasites or bacteria.
Prey animals are suspended when you get them. Dangle the prey before the snake with tongs. To keep your boa from accidentally consuming substrate from its habitat, it is suggested that you transfer your boa into a different container when feeding.
Massive boas (6 months old and older) can graduate to pre-killed adult mice, rats, chicks and finally rabbits (1-2 times a month.) Remember do not feed prey that is larger than the broadest portion of the snake.
The size of the prey is obviously important, but the frequency of feeding is equally important. You need to present your boa enough time to properly digest every meal before attempting to feed it again. Wait until 2-3 days after the snake defecate before offering another meal. This works out to a feeding program to each 7 to 12 days.
Proper feeding your boa constrictor is very important. Remember, make sure not to feed prey that is too big for your snake as it might choke. You could check here for more information on proper size and how often you should be feeding your snake.