Brazilian Rainbow Boa

Latin name: Epicrates cenchria cenchria



Sexing and Characteristics:

There are several ways of sexing a snake but the main methods are popping & probing, both of these ways are reliable with probing being the most accurate.

If you need your snake sexed, make sure this gets done by a professional.

Brazilian Rainbow Boas generally have an orange/red or even brown background colour with a great pattern, they get there name Rainbow Boa due to the iridescence which can be seen on their scales.


Generally Brazilian Rainbow Boas reach between 4-6 ft, females are typically larger than males reaching around 6ft although it has been known for them to reach 7ft although rare.

They are still very manageable due to them being a slender Boa.

Substrate and Water Needs:

For bedding you can use a variety of things, Pine & Cedar are to be avoided as these are toxic to reptiles. You can use newspaper or paper towel which are cheap but not very appealing.

Orchid bark, Eco earth, Cypress mulch or similar is your best bet, they are fairly cheap, look good & hold humidity well.

You will need a fair sized water bowl, one the snake can submerse its body in.

Lighting and UVB:

Brazilian Rainbow Boas have no special lighting requirements but if you do use a basking bulb, please ensure the light has a bulb guard to avoid your snake from being burnt.

Temperatures & Humidity:

Your Brazilian Rainbow Boa should be provided with a basking spot between 28-30’C (82-86’F) in the hot end.

To achieve these temperatures several heating devices can be used such as:


Basking/Infrared Bulbs

AHS heaters

Ceramic bulbs

These are down to personal preference & all should be used with the appropriate Thermostats to control the temperature & avoid overheating.

Brazilian Rainbow Boas humidity should be around 60-80% allowing the enclosure to dry out slightly before re-spraying which should be increased whilst shedding.

A moss box should be provided both to & from shedding to help assist them.

If help is needed choosing heating/thermostat options, please do not hesitate to contact us & we will guide you in the right direction.


Neonate Brazilian Rainbow Boas are best kept in small tubs, with secure hides as they may go off feeding if they feel insecure.

Juvenile/sub-adult Brazilian Rainbow Boas can be housed in 50L tubs or a 4x2x2ft vivarium if big enough.

An adult Brazilian Rainbow Boa can be housed in a 4ft x 2ft x 2ft vivarium.

Provide them with 2 hides, one in the hot end & one in the cool end, an appropriately sized water bowl should also be provided.



Description of Diet:

Young Brazilian Rainbow Boas are able to take fuzzies on their first feed.

You should be able to start feeding your snake on fuzzies but if they are on the smaller side then large pinkies would be ideal. You may feed them every 5 to 7 days at this point.

As the snake grows it will need larger prey items. You will know when they need to go up a size once you can’t see the food item in their belly anymore.

Sub-adults can be fed large weaner/small rats every 10-14 days.

Adult snakes should be fed on an appropriately sized meal every 2-3 weeks to avoid becoming overweight.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Generally supplements are not needed but I feel that calcium can benefit breeding females to help the production of the babies and to replace the females calcium levels.


I personally find these easy snakes to keep & attractive to look at, this is why they make good pet snakes providing you can manage their humidity needs.

Although limited/costly, there are now a few Brazilian Rainbow Boa morphs available, I am currently working with Hypo, Het Hypo, Het Anery, Pearl as well as my own (Leopard phase).

I would recommend changing their water every 1-2 days, spot clean every few days, and clean them out properly every 4-6 weeks, using an appropriate disinfectant, I use F10.

Handling your Brazilian Rainbow Boas should help keep them calm & easy to handle.

Sometimes young Brazilian Rainbow Boas will hiss/strike in order to scare a ‘predator’ this is often a warning. If you have a nippy one, don’t let it put you off, they calm down easily with regular handling.

Some Words on this Species:

They are a very pretty/colourful small-medium sized Boa & are very manageable but as with most snakes can have long life spans, so be prepared to take care for an animal for the rest of its life.

I would say they make great pets as they are calm & attractive snakes, they are slender & not as heavy bodied as some Pythons & Boas available in captivity.

Brazilian Rainbow Boas are a favourite of mine, I have the pleasure of working with a excellent group of snakes, these include various High Orange, High Red, Partial Eclipse Phase, Pearl, Leopard Phase, Het Anery (New line) animals with the addition of both Het & Visual Hypos.

My future breeding plans include making our own Anerys, Hypos as well as producing out crossed hets & proving out the Leopard Phase Brazilian Rainbow Boas.

About Us

I am a UK hobbyist and breeder of reptiles, specialising in Brazilian Rainbow Boas. I am also home to the Leopard Phase Brazilian Rainbow Boa - a highly prized project of mine. I aim to produce high quality reptiles, giving you after sales help or advice, to ensure that your pet has a good and healthy standard of life. All reptiles available are AS-Exotics bred unless stated.

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