Boa Constrictor

(Boa constrictor constrictor)

Common Name: Boa Constrictor

Scientific Name: Boa constrictor constrictor

Reptiles Alive Name: Dennis, Boanita, Cinco and Sunflower (the albino)

Hisssstory: Dennis, Boanita, and Cinco were given to us from various owners who did not want to keep their pet boas anymore. Sunflower came from a special boa constrictor breeding facility in April of 2009.

RA Diet: Frozen, defrosted and then warmed up jumbo sized dead rats. Yummmmmmmmmmm.

Range: Boa constrictors have an enormous range from Mexico to Argentina.

Habitat: Boa constrictors live in many habitats: rain forests, dry tropical woodlands, grasslands, farms, and even urban regions.

Natural Diet: Boa constrictors will consume birds, small mammals, and occasionally reptiles.

Size: The boa constrictor grows to an average length of 9 feet. Record length was 13 feet 1 inch. (The biggest snake, the anaconda, is a type of boa.)

Reproduction: Females give live birth of up to 50 babies at a time.

Lifespan: Boa constrictors are long living snakes and can live for 40 years.

Conservation: Threats include: human predation, roads, habitat loss and the pet trade. This is one of the most commonly abandoned pet snakes. Boa constrictors get large, requiring custom built reptile enclosures, high heat and humidity, and food is not often found at the local grocery store! Not a good pet choice for most people.

Cool Facts: Boa constrictors are the kings and queens of the jungle. Most rain forest animals are adapted to live in a specific layer of the forest. For example: Amazon river turtles live in the river, giant toads live on the forest floor, and iguanas live in the canopy. Boa constrictors, however, are adapted for living in all the layers of the jungle. Like all snakes, they swim, so you can find them in the river. Their beautiful colors give them camouflage that makes them almost invisible while resting quietly on the forest floor. And, boa constrictors love to hang out in the canopy! The boa constrictor is the master of the rain forest.

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