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Boa constrictor (Boa Constrictor)


Wikipedia Abstract

The boa constrictor (Boa constrictor), also called red-tailed boa, is a species of large, heavy-bodied snake. It is a member of the family Boidae found in North, Central, and South America, as well as some islands in the Caribbean. A staple of private collections and public displays, its color pattern is highly variable yet distinctive. Ten subspecies are currently recognized, although some of these are controversial. This article focuses on the species Boa constrictor as a whole, but also specifically on the nominate subspecies B. c. constrictor.
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Boa constrictor amarali (Amaral's ground boa)
Boa constrictor constrictor (Boa constrictor)
Boa constrictor mexicana (Mexican boa constrictor)
Boa constrictor nebulosa (Clouded boa)
Boa constrictor occidentalis (Argentine boa)
Boa constrictor orophias (St Lucia island boa) (Endangered)
Boa constrictor ortonii (Red-tailed boa)


Arboreal [1]  Yes
Gestation [2]  4 months 5 days
Litter Size [2]  35
Maximum Longevity [2]  40 years
Nocturnal [1]  Yes
Water Biome [1]  Rivers and Streams
Adult Weight [2]  7.787 lbs (3.532 kg)
Diet [1]  Carnivore
Female Maturity [2]  3 years
Male Maturity [2]  3 years


Protected Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Prey / Diet

Ameiva ameiva (Giant Ameiva, Amazon Racerunner)[3]
Artibeus jamaicensis (Jamaican fruit-eating bat)[4]
Cuniculus paca (Paca)[5]
Volatinia jacarina (Blue-black Grassquit)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap


Buteogallus urubitinga (Great Black-Hawk)[6]
Chrysocyon brachyurus (Maned Wolf)[7]


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


Mexico (Yucatan), Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela (Merida [HR 27: 88], Isla Margarita), Guyana, French French Guiana, Surinam, Peru (Pasco etc.), Bolivia, Brazil (Amapá, Pará, Rondonia, etc.), ; Trinity Hills Wildlife Sactuary;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
3Hábitos alimentares de serpentes em Espigão do Oeste, Rondônia, Brasil, Paulo Sérgio Bernarde & Augusto Shinya Abe, Biota Neotrop., vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 167-173 (2010)
4Artibeus jamaicensis, Jorge Ortega and Iván Castro-Arellano, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 662, pp. 1–9 (2001)
5Agouti paca, Elizabeth M. Pérez, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 404, pp. 1-7 (1992)
6del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
7Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
8Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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