In my opinion, Rainbow Boas are one of the heartiest snakes to keep in captivity. (more to come before 2009)
What they require is:
1. A temperature between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. A large water bowl which helps to raise the humidity,
3. An appropriate sized food item (mice or rats) once every 7 to 14 days.
It is really as easy as 1-2-3.
I house my snakes separately in food-grade plastic cages. They are 4-feet wide, 3-feet deep and two feet tall. I have used various bedding materials and have found shredded Cypress to work well (do NOT use Cedar, Pine or Aspen). I keep my snakes on newspaper for several reasons. It is sterile, cheap, easy to take out of the cage by rolling it up with any unwanted material inside, easy to install in the newly sterilized cage and it keeps me current on local events. Each cage has 1 to 2 square feet of heat tape under a back corner of the cage. It is on a timer and a rheostat and gets about 85 degrees for 6 to 12 hours each day. The water bowl is on the opposite corner of the cage to allow for the maximum temperature range for the snake to thermoregulate between. The water bowl is always large enough for the animal to fully submerge and all of my Rainbow Boas take full advantage of this and soak regularly. Although many keepers mist their snakes to raise the humidity, I do not. I feel that the large water bowl creates enough humidity inside the cage. If a snake is "Blue" (in shed), I will often splash some water on to the newspaper to further raise the humidity. The damp paper is removed and replaced with dry paper after the snake sheds. Adults have a 15 Quart Sterilite clear view storage box as a pool which is cleaned / sterilized weekly along with the cage. I sterilize with Basic-G, a germicidal cleaner from Shaklee. It says that it is Bactericidal (Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Salmonella...), fungicidal, and Virucidal. Because I am not a veterinarian, I do my best to keep my snakes healthy. I am not sure that the Basic-G helps, but I have not had a sick snake in several (5+) years.
The jungle carpets rarely soak, and they have only a 4 quart water bowl. These snakes are arboreal and will benefit from climbing branches, especially as babies. They also like slightly warmer temperatures for the hotspot.
If you have further questions, or think of anything to add to my list,
please E-mail me at Rainbowboa@Hotmail.com .