Dumeril’s Boa Care Sheet Archived Comments

Can a dumerils boa use eco earth for substraight? I don’t want to do anything that could harm her in anyway ?
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 4, 2019 11:58 PM

Dumerils boas are one of the easiest reptiles I have ever kept. I have 2 Dumerils boas that are over 6ft long and 29yrs old. They have survived some very hot summers and some pretty cool winters. They readily eat large to xlarge rats. I don’t hold my reptiles and while their temperament is generally not aggressive, I have been bitten when they were in a “hunting for food” mood. As far as substrate, I’ve used aspen and pine shavings for over 35 years with all my reptiles and never had any issues. Dumerils are very pretty boas.
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 31, 2019 08:54 PM

I have a pair of Dumerils Boas. A male & female and had them since they were a year old. They’re about 5 years old now and my ex-girlfriend has them now. She called me up and said they were wrapped up tight around each other in a ball. Are they fighting? I don’t think they’re mating. I’m in New York now and she’s in Indiana so I can’t go check on them. I told her that she should try separating them. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
Posted by Tracyorama, Mar 13, 2018 05:34 PM

I have 2 beautiful baby dumerils (about 12″”)but they have not eaten yet I got them at a repticons in july august they are not losing weight I have seen them drink. they hide ALOT in substrate. I keep them about 80-90 F. I have been trying thawed mice and rat pups but no interest yet. I will rest easier when I see these dumerils eat. and they start growing. Although I continue to be patient any suggestions ??
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 30, 2017 06:22 PM

I rescued my girl from a family member that just didn’t take care of her. She is so calm, and a great eater. I started off with a bad habit of feeding her in her cage, and I recently got bitten while removing her from her cage. I guess I got way too comfortable with taking her in and out. She’s a 6′ snake with a large bite, so she left one heck of a mark. Guess I learned my lesson, she is still a wild animal, and it was just a feeding response.
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 12, 2017 11:06 PM

I bought one from Backwater Reptiles and it’s as tame as can be. Couldn’t be happier.
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 19, 2016 01:36 AM

I have one and bought her when she was very young I’ve never had to use the hook method to hold her she actually enjoys being held alot and I can reach right into her tank to grab her she is very docile and enjoys being held alot buy I also only hold her anywhere between several days after she feeds up to several days before feeding and she also enjoys baths and laying either on my head or legs since that’s the warmest part of my body I cam tell when she prefers not to be held bc she slithers away from me and ends up laying close to my feet and I only use a substrate you can buy cheap and almost anywhere it’s like a shredded napkin kind of substrate and is super easy to clean I don’t have to leave the room or cover her tank but she eats the best if I don’t go near her tank while she is eating and she’s actually friendly with everyone including small children of course I watch carefully when anyone else handles her bc I prefer knowing that no one is stressing her out in anyway I would definitely recommend these snakes to anyone considering buying one she’s never bitten tried to bite or even act aggressive she even let’s me help her she’d if she seems to have trouble I did find a type of fake branch that works wonders to help her she’d with no assistance and she really seems to love it buy she burrows alot so you have to make sure there substrate is a few inches deep
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 8, 2016 09:15 PM

I have one and bought her when she was very young I’ve never had to use the hook method to hold her she actually enjoys being held alot and I can reach right into her tank to grab her she is very docile and enjoys being held alot buy I also only hold her anywhere between several days after she feeds up to several days before feeding and she also enjoys baths and laying either on my head or legs since that’s the warmest part of my body I cam tell when she prefers not to be held bc she slithers away from me and ends up laying close to my feet and I only use a substrate you can buy cheap and almost anywhere it’s like a shredded napkin kind of substrate and is super easy to clean I don’t have to leave the room or cover her tank but she eats the best if I don’t go near her tank while she is eating and she’s actually friendly with everyone including small children of course I watch carefully when anyone else handles her bc I prefer knowing that no one is stressing her out in anyway I would definitely recommend these snakes to anyone considering buying one she’s never bitten tried to bite or even act aggressive she even let’s me help her she’d if she seems to have trouble I did find a type of fake branch that works wonders to help her she’d with no assistance and she really seems to love it buy she burrows alot so you have to make sure there substrate is a few inches deep
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 8, 2016 09:15 PM

If u are new to the snake world or have a new snake ? I learned from a very good friend of mine , my dermil is my first , do not feed them in their home ..Get a deep ,cheap plastic tote and when it is time to feed,place the live rodent in the tote..wait a couple of minutes and place the snake in and let nature take over..when Mine is finished i bond , i talk to him and in a few minutes he crawls to the top , i put my hand out and he smells me and then i take him out( meanwhile i have cleaned his home and put fresh water in ) When you feed them in their Pit or home (usually an Aquarium ) ?It teaches them its ok to strike when u put your hand in , if u take them out of their environment they know when it is feeding time and when your just handling them.My friend who is an avid snake owner bought this one about 2 moths old , he would not eat frozen my friend fed him live , took him a few minutes, he wrapped it and it was history, all I feed mine is live , some just will not eat frozen, when I got Zor whom i have had for 11 months ,He didnt strike right away, I gently placed the lid on the tote ,waited a few minutes went back and gently took the lid off and he was wrapped and getting ready to eat.Some are just shy eaters,after you feed it is best not to handle them for atleast 24 hours so they dont regurgitate.Mine has never offered to bite and he is well fed.Snakes are a wild Breed please be responsible and enjoy,They are beautiful creatures ..I hope I Have Helped
Posted by Anonymous, Jul 2, 2016 07:20 AM

I haven’t had any problems with my young dumeril’s boa eating, but I’ve had her for 4 months and she hasn’t deficated yet. She’s passed a couple small chunks of urea, but that’s it. Anyone have similar problems? Or is it even a problem, I’m not sure if this is normal or not.
Posted by Anonymous, Jul 1, 2016 04:08 PM

Female dumerils are more agrresive than the males and Ive heard grow a bit bigger also. Over all they seem to be shy eaters so best to leave a frozen thaw in cage overnight.
Posted by Anonymous, May 3, 2016 07:35 PM

I bought my dumerils when it was only about a month old from an expo. They told me it was eating well so I wasn’t worried. It was over 4 months before that snake ate anything, but it finally took a pup rat. It would eat off and on on pups for the next many months, but for the first few years it would stop eating come Winter and would not eat for a period of about 4-5 months (until the weather started warming up). Now that the snake is 5 years old she will eat just about anything I put in front of her at any time. Just an awesome snake!
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 11, 2016 03:43 PM

Interesting! I just got my first Dumeril’s boa, and he’s just the sweetest thing. He’s really curious and has yet to snap or bite or behave aggressively in any way. Haven’t fed him yet, but it looks to me like the only bites I really have to worry about will be around feeding time.
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 26, 2015 11:01 PM

Yup, it doesn’t feel to good. But its not the end all be all. Just comes with the territory of owning a Boa or Python. I have been stuck by both and lets be honest. If you intend to own a reptile, especially snakes that are of significant size, most likely you WILL GET BIT at least once. Just comes with owning them. Take it in stride and understand your dealing with an animal that has been around since the Jurassic period. They have NOT changed all that much, so that is a lot of evolution and instinct to over come and tame. They’re not the brightest animals but they’re primary instincts are FOOD, REST, FIGHT OR FLIGHT and BREED. The rest is conditioning for the most part.
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 24, 2015 02:59 PM

depends on the snake, i have breed redtail boas and now own my dumeril, she is not nice. none of my other snake bit me, but she on th other hand seems to enjoy it. i will continue handling her and getting her comfortable with me. be patient they will eat in time, but when in doubt live pinkies will get the young ones going. i try to stick to frozen. good luck
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 17, 2015 07:51 PM

Depends on the size. Hatchlings kinda feel like being stuck with a briar, IF THAT. Now on the other hand, full size boas/pythons, can be pretty painful, but remember how important it is for the well being of your snake, NOT TO PULL ! Gently, (can’t stress this enough) maneuver him/her off of you. (like you would remove a fish hook). And medium size snakes/Colubrids can vary, pretty much the same idea, that dont hurt too bad. If you train them early they are usually pretty calm. (depends on snake)
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 30, 2014 06:18 PM

When you first get bit by a snake how bad does it hurt
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 28, 2014 07:21 AM