Rosy Boa

Rosy Boa

Rosy Boa
Lichanura trivirgata


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Squamata
FAMILY
Boidae

Range

Southern California, southwestern Arizona, to northwestern Mexico


Habitat

Rocky desert canyons, ridges, and hills, often near desert springs


Diet

Small rodents, lizards and birds

Weight

11 - 21 oz.

Length

Avg. 1.5 - 3 ft.

Young

Up to 13

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Non-venomous
  • Small, heavy-bodied snake with a small head that is not distinct from the neck and a blunt tail.
  • Body is pale tan to gray with three deep chocolate brown to reddish brown stripes.
  • Most active at dusk and at night; in cooler regions it also comes out during the day.
  • The rosy boa will roll itself into a ball with its head in the center to protect itself from predators. It will also release a foul-smelling musk from a gland in its tail.
  • Gives live birth to up to 13 young from mid August to early October

Conservation

Least Concern
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