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Bo & Queen
Boa Constrictor Boa constrictor Linnaeus
The Boa is a large, heavy bodied species of snake. It is found in North, Central and South America and on some of the islands in the Caribbean. A staple in many private collections and public displays their colour pattern is highly variable and distinctive. It can reach lengths of up to 14 feet depending on its location and the availability of suitable prey. The females are generally significantly larger both in length and girth than the males.
They can flourish in a wide range of environmental conditions from tropical rainforest to semi-desert. However, it prefers the humidity and temperature of a rainforest, giving natural cover from predators and offering a vast amount of potential prey. This consists of mammals including rodents, birds, mice, bats and lizards the size of their prey increasing as they grow and become older.
The boa ill first strike at its prey, grabbing with its teeth it then proceeds to constrict the prey until death before consuming it whole.
Did you know the boa constrictor is almost unique, in that it has both the same common and scientific name, this distinction is shared with Tyrannosaurus rex.
They can also sense heat via cells in their lips.