Can You Keep Two Rosy Boas Together? (Safely)

The Rosy Boa is said to be one of the best pet snakes you can keep because of how safe and comparatively docile of a reptile it is.

Nevertheless, no matter how safe it might be when handled by a human, that might not be the case when it is together with another Rosy Boa.

So, can you keep two Rosy Boas together in one enclosure?

Although it is best to avoid doing so for long periods of time, you can keep two Rosy Boas together in the same enclosure provided that there are enough resources and space for them to be able to live comfortably. Otherwise, they might end up competing for resources and hurt each other in the process of competing for territory.

Even the safest animals can be quite dangerous to each other. So, while the Rosy Boa might be safe for humans, it isnā€™t always safe to its fellow snake even though you can still technically allow two of these snakes to live in one enclosure.

Thatā€™s why you need to know more about how you can ensure that two Rosy Boas can live together.

Can two Rosy Boas live together?

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The Rosy Boa is one of the most sought-after snakes for different snake enthusiasts all over the country because of how safe and easy it is to take care of. This is why there are some people who would want to take care of multiple Rosy Boas as they are generally some of the most docile snakes you can ever have as pets.

However, even though the Rosy Boa is generally friendlier and safer compared to other snake breeds when interacting with humans, is that still something that is true when it comes to their fellow Rosy Boas? Can two Rosy Boas actually live together in the same enclosure?

Yes, two Rosy Boas can actually safely live together in the same enclosure because these snakes arenā€™t the most aggressive even towards each other. Probably the only time that Rosy Boas will show their aggression is towards their prey.

But the one thing that you should actually take note of here is to make sure that you are keeping Rosy Boas in a large enough enclosure so that they can have enough space to call their own and to prevent them from fighting over territory.

Meanwhile, it is also the course of action to make sure that you are providing your Rosy Boas with enough resources to minimize the chances of them fighting over the limited resources available in one living space.

That said, as long as you do know what you need to do to make sure that you Rosy Boas can safely live with one another without any repercussions, then you can keep two or more of these snakes in one single enclosure.

What are the risks of housing two Rosy Boas together?

As we said, you actually need to know what to do for two Rosy Boas to safely live together in one enclosure. Thatā€™s because there are some risks involved when you try to keep two or more of these snakes in one living space.

  1. Competition

If the enclosure is too tight or too limited in terms of space and resources for two or more Rosy boas, then you should expect the snakes to be more aggressive towards one another. This is usually the case when you house them in small enclosures.

  1. Cannibalism

Cannibalism is not rare among snakes because there are actually snakes that include their fellow snakes in their regular diet. In the Rosy Boaā€™s case, these snakes may end up feeding on smaller reptiles, which includes snakes, when their choices become limited. But such an instance is rare. Still, you donā€™t want to end up one snake eating the other if you donā€™t feed them enough food.

  1. Stress

Rosy Boas can easily get stressed out when they donā€™t have enough space for themselves in one single enclosure. Stress can cause major health concerns that can end up shortening your snakeā€™s lifespan. And you wouldnā€™t want that to happen to your Rosy Boas.

  1. Cross-contamination

When there are two or more snakes living in the same enclosure, this will increase the chances of cross-contamination especially if one of your Rosy Boas has an illness that you may not know of. This can also happen in relation to parasites as parasites can easily multiply in numbers when they have more hosts to infect. As such, even though your Rosy Boas might be alright with one another when living in the same enclosure, the risks of contamination will be higher.

How to safely allow Rosy Boas to live together

group of juvenile rosy boas together

So, now that you know that there are risks involved when you are housing two Rosy Boas together in the same enclosure, you might be wondering what you can do to make sure that they are safe. Here are some tips you should follow.

  1. Keep the Rosy Boas in a 10-gallon tank if you are housing two of them. Of course, you should go for a larger tank or enclosure if you are planning on housing more than two Rosy Boas together.
  1. Make sure that you are feeding them regularly so that they wonā€™t end up cannibalizing on each other.
  1. When feeding your Rosy Boas, take them out of the enclosure and feed them in separate enclosures. This way, they wonā€™t associate their home enclosure as their feeding area and will not try to compete with one another for resources.
  1. If one of your Rosy Boas is showing signs of diseases or a parasitic infection, take it out of the enclosure immediately and house it in a separate enclosure. Allow the snake to heal before putting it back in it the larger enclosure together with the other Rosy Boa.
  1. Put enough hiding spots for two Rosy Boas in the enclosure. Thatā€™s because the Rosy Boa is a reclusive snake that likes to hide from plain sight. Having enough small trees and rocks for two Rosy Boas will reduce the chances of them suffering from stress as they are allowed to hide away from plain sight whenever they need to do so.

As long as you follow any of the abovementioned tips, you should be able to safely house two Rosy Boas together in one enclosure.

Of course, it still is better and safer to keep them in their own enclosures.

So, if you can afford to do so, it might be better for you to get another enclosure for your second Rosy Boa to minimize or even prevent any of the risks involved with keeping two Rosy Boas in one single habitat.


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