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Rainbow Boa

Rainbow boa is a non-poisonous species of snake found in Central and South America. There are nine subspecies of this snake. They are regarded as one of the most beautiful snakes in the world.

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

    Other Names Slender Boa
    Length 5 to 6 ft
    Color Sparkling orange, red or brown, they exhibit ample amount of rainbow iridescences
    Distribution Costa Rica, Panama, northern Argentina
    Habitat Tropical forests, savanna habitats
    Diet Small mammals, rodents, bats, birds, small lizards
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous (producing young ones by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Litter Size 8 to 20
    Gestation Period 4 or 5 months
    Reproductive Age At least 2 ½ years of age in case of females (captive breeding)
    Average Lifespan More than 20 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Evaluated

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    Published on September 19th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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