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Boa Life Span

Discussion in 'Common/Red Tail Boa' started by esbat, Oct 6, 2008.

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  1. esbat

    esbat Reptile Rescue Premium Member

    What is the average life span of the Common Boa?
     
  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    20-30 years. I do seem to remember reading somewhere that 40 was a possibility
     
  3. kenman1963

    kenman1963 Moderator

    There was 1 in the Philly zoo that was 48 years old I believe.
     
  4. esbat

    esbat Reptile Rescue Premium Member

    Thanks guys. Would you say that a 15 yo Boa is not likely to grow anymore? I have someone wanting to give up his 15 yo, 8' Boa because he's worried if it gets any bigger it will eat his cats! He's had the snake since a baby. Some people really get my hackles up. I think it's just another lame excuse to get rid of a pet they've lost interest in.
     
  5. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    The growth will be slower but boas continue to grow for as long as they live.
     
  6. kcftlaud08

    kcftlaud08 Elite Member

    I thought length-wise they maxed out at about 10 or 12 feet. God knows I am no expert so don't go by me.
     
  7. untsmurf

    untsmurf Elite Member

    They do continue to grow as Merlin said, but it's so small that you shouldn't know the difference. I'd be surprised if the snake made it to 10' by the time he dies.
     
  8. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I agree. But being prepared for the possiblity of larger is always a good idea.
     
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