Cuban Boa (Cuban Tree Boa)

Scientific Name Epicrates angulifer

Habitat Juvenile – arboreal, trees in tropical rain forests; Adult – terrestrial, moist and dry woodland, rocky habitats

Diet Birds, rodents, bats, lizards

Size and Age 2-4.8 m

Near Threatened

Conservation Status

“International trade in the Cuban boa is restricted by its listing on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The Cuban boa is also included on the European Endangered species Programme (EEP), a breeding programme coordinated by Prague Zoo. Bristol Zoo Gardens has successfully bred the Cuban boa for 20 years." Villagers believe the snake targets livestock so they are often eliminated due to this. Vulnerable to changing weather conditions such as forest fires and cyclones (as it lives on a small island, natural disaster have the potential to wipe out its total population)

Interesting Facts

  1. Nocturnal
  2. Gives live birth and young are independent from birth
  3. Has heat sensing pits in crevices surrounding mouth which can be used to sense prey in the dark. The Boa will first strike at prey and then coil around it (to suffocate it before consumption)

Description: The appearance of a Cuban boa can vary depending on location. They can have both bold brown/black markings or paler with less distinguishable markings

Range: Distributed throughout the island of Cuba. Can also be found on Isla de la Juventud