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Jamaican Boa

Jamaican boa is a non-poisonous boa species snake found only in Jamaica. There are no recognized subspecies of this snake. It is the largest, native, terrestrial predator in the Jamaican island.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Boidae
    Subfamily Boinae
    Genus Epicrates
    Scientific Name Epicrates subflavus

    Other Names Yellow Snake
    Length Up to 2 m
    Weight Around 5 kg
    Color Anterior area and head portion is golden yellow with black crossbars, the color becomes black towards the posterior part of the body
    Distribution Jamaica
    Habitat Moist limestone forests, woodland habitats, swampland, moist woodland, mangroves
    Diet Adults feed on rodents, bats, birds, while juveniles feed on  lizards, frogs
    Predators Cats, dogs, pigs, mongoose
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season Between February and April
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous (producing young ones by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Litter Size 5 to 44
    Average Lifespan In Wild: Around 24 years
    In Captivity: More than 30 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on September 18th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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