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Red-Tailed Boa

Red-tailed boa is a non-poisonous, large, stout, species of snake occurring in Central, North and South America and in some islands in the Caribbean. There are ten subspecies of this snake. They are very popular as pets. Females are larger than males.



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


    Other Names Chij-chan (Mayan), Jiboia (Latin American), Macajuel (Trinidadian)
    Length 3–13 ft
    Weight Up to 27 kg
    Color Brown, gray or cream marked with brown or reddish-brown  saddles that turn more prominent towards the tail; albinism is found among some members
    Distribution Belize, Guatemala,  El Salvador, (Central America); Colombia, Ecuador,  Venezuela,  Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia (South America); Lesser Antilles, San Andrés, Providencia and in other islands along the coasts of Central and South America and Mexico; southern Florida (United States), St. Croix  (US Virgin Islands)
    Habitat Tropical rainforests, arid semi-desert country, along streams and rivers, burrows of medium-sized mammals
    Diet Small to medium-sized mammals, birds, rodents; juveniles feeds on small mice, bats, birds, lizards, amphibians
    Predators Birds like eagles
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season April to August
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous ( producing young ones by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Litter Size 10 to 65
    Gestation Period Around 100 – 120 days
    Reproductive Age 3 – 4 years of age
    Average Lifespan 20 to 30 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Listed

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    Published on September 20th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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