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Hog Island Boas require somewhat less humidity than other subspecies and are more nocturnal than other boas. Though they may be active during the day, they require shorter day-lengths. Occasionally it is difficult to get Hog Island Boas to feed; try smearing fresh rat blood on freshly killed rats to give the impression of live prey. Often Hog Island Boas refuse to feed during the winter. In captivity, the Hog Island Boa needs 60% humidity and a temperature in the low 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Days should be about 12 hours but should have seasonal variation in length. Be sure to include a basking spot of about 95 degrees by shining a hot lamp into a single area of the Hog Island Boa's enclosure, but allow plenty of room for it to escape and cool itself. Include many branches in the Hog Isle Boa's home, as in the wild they are avid climbers.

It is thought that Hog Island Boas only breed once every two years. Drop nighttime temperatures to the low 70's for two months and then introduce a male boa into the female's enclosure. Allow plenty of space for the female to hide from the male. While female Hog Island Boas will continue to feed in this cooling period, males will often refuse food and become more active. After mating, the female will often develop an abdominal swelling and the male will lose interest in her. Gravid female Hog Island Boas often become extremely aggressive and darker in color, in addition to seeking out warmer areas of the cage. After a gestation period of about four months, the Hog Island Boa will become very active the day before giving birth. She will bear 10 to 20 neonates. Often Hog Island Boas produce only litters of "slugs" after refusing to eat despite killing prey. This may be due to exposure to toxins, unsuccessful mating, or maintaining the Hog Island Boas at unsuitable temperatures prior to mating. Neonates should be fed pinkie mice once every four to five days and will shed frequently.

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