Scientific Name Boa constrictor
Native To Columbia, Southern Central America and South America
Habitat Rainforests, dry tropical deserts, semi-deserts, woodlands, scrub and agricultural areas.
Diet Carnivorous. Natural Prey includes rats, mice, amphibians, snakes, birds, and small mammals.
Size and Age Average Length 6-9 feet. Average Lifespan: 20-30 years
Boa Constrictors also called red-tailed boas, are non-venomous snakes famous for their method of subduing prey; squeezing, or constricting, it to death. Though they are not as long as some relative snakes, such as the anaconda, they are ranked among the longest snakes in the world. Boa Constrictors have dark saddle-like markings running the length of their bodies. The snake is robust, with a triangular head separated from the body by a thin neck. Boas are generally docile snakes. In the wild, they’re solitary reptiles, preferring to spend their days in hollow logs and abandoned mammal burrows or, being partially arboreal snakes, hanging on low branches.