Boa Constrictor

The Boa constrictor (Boa constrictor) is a large & fascinating snake from the reptile family Boidae seen in the tropical regions of American continents.

It has more than ten subspecies. Boas bear some exclusive characteristics of reptiles. They have various colors and patterns, which depend on the nature of the habitat. It’s a heavy snake, and can be found up to 15 feet long. Its size depending on the prey and the area it lives. Generally females are larger than the males. The average lengths of males are 6-8 feet while 7-10 feet for females. They can weigh up to 45 kgs (100 pounds) or more.

Like most of its family, boas are non-poisonous and excellent swimmers, but like to stay in dry places. They use dead hollow logs as their nests. They are nocturnal. They eat almost anything they can catch. Boas are ambush predators. They often lie still for hours and wait for their prey to reach their point of attack. This deadly predator wraps around the prey (wild boars, monkeys even birds) with its muscular body and crushes them to a pulp while its nicely fitted tooth will hook the victim. Boas can eat large prey whole because of their special jaws, which can stretch wide enough to swallow an animal larger than their own head.

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