New Guinea Tree Boa, Pacific Tree Boa
Scientific Name: Candoia c carinata
Papuan or New Guinea Tree Boas have rounded, sausage-shaped bodies. Their scales are keeled. The head is triangulated and has an upturned scale at the tip of the nose. Papuan Tree Boas usually have tan, gray, or black basic colorations, although some may have pink, yellow, orange, or red variations. Usually, there are bands or blotches of another color atop the base color, leaving a visually pleasing pattern. The tails are rather short, though strong. By maturity, they usually reach lengths between three and five feet (one and a half meters maximum). Generally, males are smaller than females.
Papuan Tree Boas should usually have vertically oriented enclosures that include branches on which these snakes can bask or climb. A large, shallow water bowl should be present for soaking. They should be kept at 80 - 85 degrees during the day, witha 10 degree nightime temperature drop. Papuan Tree Boas are usually fed rodents of an appropriate size.
Breeding Papuan Tree Boas is most easily achieved after the snakes have been cooled for four to six weeks. Although daytime temperatures can remain normal during this period, the nighttime drop should increase from about a ten-degree drop down into the upper 60 degree Fahrenheit range. Generally, several males combined with several females tend to ensure a better chance of pregnancy. Color mating may also be achieved. Generally, two high color contrast parents will produce offspring with similarly high contrast patterning, while low contrast parents will probably produce low contrast offspring. After a gestation period lasting seven to nine months, up to 60 young are born. Neonates are usually not fed for about three weeks after birth, when they can be started on pinkie mice. They are usually more apt to feed on lizards or treefrogs. You may also wish to try scenting pinkie mice to induce young Papuan Tree Boas to feed
Found in the south Pacific, usually on the Solomon Islands or in Indonesia
The beautiful Papuan Tree Boa is an endangered reptile that is often offered in the pet trade, so it is important to obtain captive bred Papuan Tree Boas to help preserve wild populations. These snakes are known for their docile temperaments, and the come in wide range of coloration and patterning.
Known for their docility, Papuan Tree Boas, especially captive born specimens, tend to be easier to tame than many snakes. They are nocturnal and arboreal in the wild, and are not particularly active. In captivity, if a Papuan Tree Boa moves, it is usually only from one resting spot to another without any waste of energy or time. Because of this apparent reluctance to expend much energy, Papuan Tree Boas may not make the most interesting captives, movement wise. As a whole, the ease of taming and the beauty of coloration make these snakes desirable and lovely pets.
Papuan Tree Boas are only found in the south Pacific, usually on the Solomon Islands or in Indonesia. They are also sometimes called Ground Boas, despite their arboreal habits. Papuan Tree Boas have not recently been exported from their native homes, as they are listed as CITES type II. This means that they are endangered, probably due to loss of habitat and exportation for the pet trade.