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Fun Facts About Boa Constrictors

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Boa Constrictors live in Central & South America and some islands in the Caribbean. In Costa Rica it can be seen in Corcovado National Park. However, it prefers to live in rainforest due to the humidity and temperature. Boa constrictor’s habitat varies widely depending of environmental conditions, from tropical rainforests to arid semi-desert country.

They are a large, heavy-bodied species of snake. Their color can vary greatly depending on the locality. However they are generally a brown, grey or cream base color. They are patterned with brown or reddish brown “saddles” that become more pronounced towards the tail. Their diet consists of rodents, large lizards and mammals as big as ocelots are reported to have been consumed. Boa constrictors are ambush predators, as such will lie and wait for an appropriate prey to come along. The boa will strike at the prey, grabbing it with its teeth. Then it constricts the prey until death and consumes it whole. It will take the snake approximately 4-6 days to fully digest it.

They will generally breed in the dry season, between April and August. During breeding season the female boa will emit a scent to attract males, who may then wrestle for the right to breed with her. The gestation period is approximately 100-120 days. The female will then give birth to young that average 38-51 cm in length. The litter size varies but can be between 10 and 65 with an average of 25. The young are independent at birth and will grow rapidly. They are nocturnal however they may go out during the day. Boa constrictors are solitary animals, and will only associate to mate.

They can leave 20 to 30 years, but there was a 40 year case. Females are generally larger, in both length and girth, than males Boas can reach lengths of anywhere from 1-4 meters depending on the locality and the availability of prey. Adults weigh approximately 60 pounds.

Most populations are not under threat of immediate extinction. In some regions Boa constrictor numbers have decreased by predation from humans and other animals. Some South Americans keep boas in their houses to control rat infestations.

Marina K. Villatoro, lives in Central America – Costa Rica and Guatemala for the past decade. She has traveled all over these areas with her family and now she loves to organize vacations to Costa Rica and Guatemala. Contact her for advice and to plan your perfect trip!

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