Boa Constrictor Characteristics Facts
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- It is a relative of Boa constrictor in python and anaconda. But the boa constrictor has a smaller structure than them. Boa constrictors belong to the boidae family. Also this snake species belongs to the squamata team.
- Boa constrictors have close similarities with pythons but their anatomical structures are different.
Boa Constrictor Facts
- It has a flat and triangular head structure.
- The upper and lower jaws have a flexible mouth filled with teeth.
- Boa constrictor have lengths ranging between 3 and 6 meters.
- The body of these snakes is human arm thick.
- These animals have scaly skin. There are also thick lines on dark brown on the back.
- Boa Constrictor usually travel in groups, mostly at night.
- It was also seen that boa constrictors with high uremia rate made the highest 42 offsprings at a time.
- The average life span of these snakes is 30-40 years.
- Boa constrictors are ovoviviparous, that is, without laying eggs, in the womb, the hatchlings are born by opening.
- Boa constrictors kill their prey by strangling them.
- These snakes usually wander around the night because their eyes can see well in the dark.
Boa constrictor become more docile than pythons.
- Boa constrictor is a non-venomous snake species that lives in the tropical rain forests of India, South America, Antilles and Africa.
- While big species of boa constrictor live by nesting in trees, small species live by nesting in soil grounds on the ground.
Scientific classification of Boa Constrictor Characteristics Facts
Boas are known to live on their own and they do not interact with other snakes unless they would like to mate. They are creatures who roam at night, hunting for prey and sleep all during the day. They may climb into trees and shrubs, however as they become older and heavier, they stay on the land. They strike only if they seem to be in danger. Their bite can be painful but is not poisonous.
Depending on the sub species the Boa constrictor can be found in North and Central America as well as other islands in and along the coasts of Mexico and Central and South America. They are also found in the extreme south of Florida and a small population is found in the US Virgin Islands
Their diet includes small to medium sized rodents and mammals and birds. Young Boas feed on mice, lizards, bats, birds and amphibians. As they grow older, the size and the amount of their food increase. Boas lie in wait for their prey and attack when they are near. They also can hunt in areas with less prey. It takes on the prey and slowly chews it and gulps it gradually. Takes the snake about 4–6 days to fully digest the food, as it has a slow metabolism rate.
Boas usually breed in the dry season between April and August. One male may mate with a number of females. During the breeding season, the female boa emits a scent from her body that attracts the males and then the best one wins. Copulation can last for a few minutes to several hours and may occur several times over a period. The litter can be between 10 and 65 young, with an average of 25.