Snakes are one of the most mysterious creatures on the planet. The cold-blooded reptile has numerous species, and it is a general impression that you need to be wary of the venomous ones only. Non venomous snakes are mostly thought to be harmless. That too an extent is true, but not when you are dealing with the larger snakes. One of such species of the snake is the boa constrictor. This type of snake is not venomous but it kills its prey by constricting it. With its muscular body structure, the boa constrictor breaks the bones and suffocates its prey. It also has sharp fangs which it uses to slide down its prey down its mouth.
Boa constrictors can reach massive lengths. They can grow over ten feet making them one of the biggest species of snake alive, next to python and the anaconda. Their diet comprises of animals as small as rodents to mammals as big as zebras. With their flexible bodies, the process of swallowing their prey as a whole becomes easier for them.
Every year snakes are the cause of many deaths, but you will be surprised to know that most of them occur due to the fear of this reptile, rather than the bite. Snake generally don’t attack human beings until and unless they are threatened, and it is this very nature of this reptile which has put it in the pet category. You will be surprised to know that some people like to keep boa constrictors and anacondas as pets. And, like all other pets, there are proper procedures through which this snake is bred in captivity.
Set up a habitat for the snakes. These habitats should be separate and must be similar to ones in the natural environment.
Snakes are cold-blooded animals, so ensure that there is sufficient warmth available at the place where the snakes are kept.
In the habitat of the female boa, place a small heated rock in one corner. The rock should be constantly heated and to prevent the female boa from getting burned, wrap the rock in towels or any soft yet thick material.
Keep the snakes in their respective cages for a few months till the opposite sexes become accustomed to each other. Make sure that both the snakes are more than two years old.
Take the male boa out of its cage and introduce it to the female cage. If the living habitats are proper and there is no aggression, the snakes will mate.
Place the male boa constrictor back to its cage right after the snakes have mated with each other.
The female boa will resort to a warm spot after it has mated. Make sure the cage is warm enough for her to be comfortable. She will most probably spend a few days resting in one position.
Re-introduce the male snake weekly until you are confident that the female reptile has become pregnant.