***These care sheets assume that you understand the basics of snake care & husbandry.
If you are a new snake owner, it is recommended that you read our articles on general reptile care and then fine tune the requirements for the specific species you are interested in.
Dumeril’s boas are native to coastal and southern Madagascar, inhabiting forests and grasslands with relatively low annual precipitation. It has been found at elevations up to 4265’ (1300m, iucnredlist.org). It is a ground-dwelling species, with patterning that allows it to blend in with leaf litter and other ground detritus.
This drier (but still coastal) habitat accounts for the Dumeril’s boa’s lower humidity requirements compared to other boa species. When raising its humidity (particularly when your snake is in shed), be sure that it still receives adequate ventilation.
This species is carnivorous and feeds on rodents, although they are reportedly very fond of chicks as well. Feeding a rodent that is big around as the snake’s girth an average of once a week is a fine guideline here. Monitor the snake’s weight—as your boa reaches adulthood, you may feed less frequently to avoid obesity. A full-grown adult may do well eating about every 12-14 days, depending on food size.