Red-tailed Boa

Red-tailed Boa

Red-tailed Boa
Boa constrictor constrictor


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Squamata
FAMILY
Boidae

Range

Southern Mexico to Argentina


Habitat

Forests, stream banks, croplands


Diet

Small mammals, rodents, birds

Weight

Avg. less than 60 lbs.

Length

Avg. 6 - 9 ft.

Young

Avg. 30

IUCN Status

Not Listed

CITES

Appendix II

Facts

  • Non-venomous
  • No two boas have same color patterns -- like human fingerprints.
  • Cold-blooded - adapts to air or water temperature surrounding it
  • Boas have vestiges of hind legs or hip bones near end of tail (not usually visible)
  • Snakes shed skin because they are growing; number of times skin is shed depends on food supply; young snakes shed more often than adults; pigment is under many layers of skin and is not shed.
  • Young are born alive (ovoviviparous -- after fertilization, the eggs remain in the female body until babies are developed.)

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Address

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Alexandria, LA 71301
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