Red-tailed boa

Boa constrictor constrictor
The Boa constrictor or Red-Tailed boa is a species of large, heavy-bodied snake. They can grow from 3-13 feet. The coloring of boa constrictors can vary greatly depending on the locality. However, they are generally a brown, grey, or cream base color, patterned with brown or reddish-brown “saddles” that become more pronounced towards the tail. They are nocturnal, but they may bask during the day when night-time temperatures are low. They are semi-arboreal snakes, and young boa constrictors may climb into trees and shrubs to forage whereas larger adults tend to be more terrestrial. They are nonvenomous and kill their prey by constricting or crushing it to stop blood flow and then they consume it whole.

Boas are found in rain forests in Northern Mexico, Central, and South America as well as on islands off of the Pacific and in the Caribbean coast.They can be also sometimes be found in woodlands, grasslands, dry tropical forest and semi-desert.

DIET

Red-Tailed boa’s natural prey includes rats, mice, amphibians, snakes, birds, eggs and small mammals.

FAST FACTS

Size: 6 – 12 feet length
Weight:  30-50 lbs
Lifespan: 20 – 30 years in the wild.

CONSERVATION STATUS

NOT LISTED