Constrictor (Boa)


Common name :  Red-tailed boa, Common boa

Scientific name : Boa constrictor

Family : Boidae

Native to : Central and South America

Interesting fact : The eggs are incubated inside the snake and give birth to 60 baby boas.

Conservation status : Listed in CITES appendix II to protect them from trade.

These tan-coloured non-venomous snakes have dark crossbands. They can grow as long as 10 feet. Birds, rodents and lizards are gripped by their hooked teeth and squeezed to death. Though they are good swimmers yet they prefer to stay on land or on trees. Their skins are traded due to their beautiful colours. They live for 25 to 30 years.

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