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Rosy Boa

Rosy boas are non-venomous species of snakes belonging to the Boidae family, found in the United States and Mexico. They are nocturnal and are known to be powerful constrictors. Their docile nature and moderate size make them favored pets. Females are somewhat larger than males.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Boidae
    Subfamily Erycinae
    Genus Lichanura
    Scientific Name Lichanura trivirgata


    Length Around 17–34 in, although size of 36–44 in is also found
    Weight 1 to 2 lbs
    Color Varied colorations; bellies are rosy or salmon, some are devoid of this coloration, but, instead has a light color with dark to orange spots; possess some markings of three longitudinal stripes on their body ; the spaces between the stripes are light to dark gray, tan or yellow while the stripes are orange, rust, maroon,  black or brown
    Distribution California and Arizona(United States), Baja California and Sonora (northern Mexico)
    Habitat Desert,  sandy plains, scrubland, rocky slopes
    Diet Rats, baby rabbits, mice, birds, lizards
    Hibernation Period Undergoes brumation during winter months
    Predators Roadrunners,  foxes, owls, coyotes
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season May – July
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous (producing young ones by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Litter Size Around 6
    Gestation Period Around 130 days
    Reproductive Age 2 years of age in case of captive breeding
    Average Lifespan More than 20 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on September 21st 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 30th March 2017.

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