Scientific NameBoa constrictor
Native To Central America and northern South America
Habitat Rainforests, dry tropical deserts, and agricultural areas
Diet Carnivore: rats, mice, amphibians, snakes, birds, and small mammals
Size and Age Up to 4.3 m (14 ft) long; average lifespan of 20-30 years
The Colombian boa is also known as the common boa or boa constrictor. It’s a non-venomous snake famous for its method of subduing prey—squeezing, or constricting it to death. This particular species is one of the longest snakes in the world.
Colombian boas are generally docile snakes. In the wild, they’re solitary reptiles, preferring to spend their days in tree limbs, hollow logs and abandoned mammal burrows.