Columbian Rainbow Boa


Scientific name : Epicrates maurus

Family : Boidae

Native to : Columbia and northern parts of South America

Interesting fact : They have heat-sensing pits on their heads to detect their warm-blooded prey.

Conservation status : Not Evaluated

The scales of these snakes reflect light to show rainbow colours. They are not poisonous but squeeze their prey to death. Of the nine different species, this one is the smallest rainbow boa measuring 3 to 5 feet in length. Found on low branches they are not complete tree-dwellers and become active in the night.

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