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    The only reason my larger adult boas get very young rabbits that are an appropriately sized feeder is because large, XL, jumbo, colossal, etc. rats may be retired breeders, and retired breeder feeders have a higher fat content than their younger/smaller counterparts. A young rabbit has very little fat.

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    Re: Just curious

    Quote Originally Posted by artgecko View Post
    My male BCA, close to 6' is roughly the diameter of a baseball bat, but in a "loaf of bread" shape. I give him either medium or large rats and adjust his feeding schedule accordingly...every 4-6 weeks he will get a meal. My hypo BCI male, is about 5' and is about the same diameter as a broom handle.. he gets either small or medium rats every 3-5 weeks.

    Most baby boas stay on mice until they are large enough to eat adult mice, then they switch to rats and most will be on rats their whole life. Some larger individuals can eat rabbits and some people will feed quail and other feeders to vary the diet but they don't need especially large meals.

    I house my adult boas in PVC cages with sliding glass doors and a basking shelf to climb on. They do use the space. My male CA motley is in a V70 rack but I will be attempting a move to a PVC cage for him to see how it goes. He is unusually shy and inactive for a boa so he may not appreciate the move.

    I kept all of my boas as babies / juvies in rack systems but some people house boas in racks their entire lives. I personally feel that for smaller boa locales (Tarahumara, Nics, CA's, etc.) it can work as long as you give them the largest tub you can (V70 or bigger for adults) but for the regular BCIs, etc. I don't think a tub allows enough climbing room. Boas will lay out in the open and use all of their cage. They make excellent dispaly animals and because of their more active nature, I would not want to keep adults in a small tub as is done with shyer, less active BPs. There are super large racking systems that professional breeders house boas in (tubs are about 4'x3'x12" or more) and those would work ok but would still not allow for climbing options.
    Thank you so much for the information! I'm definitely going to look into getting a bigger boa, probably not for a while because I really don't think I'm ready for another reptile yet, but for right now I'll do lots of research (and save my pennies lol) and maybe in the future I'll be able add one to the family

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